Weekly Digest #96
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1. Article- Global Heatwaves: The Shocking Truth
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Global Heatwaves: The Shocking Truth
By: Agastya Rao
The United Kingdom recorded its highest ever temperature yet - 40.3 C. Temperatures are soaring across the globe, various cities are reporting their “hottest months yet” and high temperature warnings are showing up all across the planet.
Heat waves are no longer something we humans can casually ignore.
They have become a serious problem and can not be flippantly brushed aside as a mere “change in weather”. These heat waves are actually seriously deadly! These heat waves do not only affect human beings from a medical perspective but also affect the growth of crops, thereby affecting every living being.
Why Heat Waves happen?
Heat waves occur when a high pressure area is created above a certain place. This area remains for a couple of days and the high pressure area brings air from above it, closer to the ground which causes rises in temperature. To add to this, high pressure areas prevent a change in a new form of weather and doesn’t let clouds pass through the area, which further adds to the heat.
Why have they increased?
One reason for the precipitous increase in the number of heat waves and their severity is Climate change. Global warming caused by humans polluting the world is a major contributing factor to the increase in heat waves. Greenhouse gases are polluting the air and burning up our planet.
So it is partially our fault that heat waves are burning up the planet. A study showed that Climate change has caused heat waves to be 30 times more likely to occur in India.
The effect of heat waves
It's best for us not to take these heat waves lightly, because they can be incredibly deadly! While a heatwave may just mean really hot weather, they can lead to heastrokes, death, and also dry up water sources.
Additionally, heat waves also greatly affect crop production. Heat waves also lead to wildfires which can be catastrophic.
Deaths due to heat waves have drastically increased, and forest fires caused by heat waves have led to thousands of people fleeing their homes.
What we can do to stop this
Now that the soaring temperatures have reached a breaking point, it's time for us to step up and do our part to curb heat waves.
i) Plant more trees- Trees are known to cool our planet, and they also block a considerable amount of sunlight from hitting us.
ii) Use alternate sources of energy
iii) Actively campaign for stricter laws to protect the environment
i) Starting a tree planting campaign-
ii) Using alternate sources of energy
Small, but persistent steps are necessary to bring about a much needed change for our planet.
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