Record-setting heat is scorching Europe. Red and orange alerts were issued in several European countries including France and Austria.
The news came as a separate report said the globe sweltered to its hottest June on record.
Europe’s heat wave, which included France’s all-time high temperature of 114.6 degrees last week, was “made more likely and more intense by human-induced climate change,” the World Weather Attribution group said in a release. They also said this is true for every heat wave in Europe nowadays.
Specifically, the report said the extreme conditions from June 26-28 in Toulouse, France, were as much as 10 times more likely now than they were in 1900, before greenhouse gas emissions from industry had a major effect on the atmosphere.
The burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas releases greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane into our atmosphere, which has warmed the planet to levels that cannot be explained by natural causes.
The group said the heat wave that struck large parts of Europe last week “broke several historical records … in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Spain.”
Report co-author Robert Vautard told the BBC that “we experienced a heat wave whose intensity could become the norm in the middle of the century.”
Climate scientist James Hansen, commenting on the heat wave to CBS News, said that “the chance of those extreme events in the pre-industrialized world was not zero, but it was negligibly small compared to the chance today. So you can say with a very high degree of confidence that this extreme event is a consequence of human-made climate change.”
The study hasn’t been peer-reviewed yet, but the group uses methods that are widely considered valid in the scientific community.
Record hot June
The heat was not just confined to Europe, nor was it just a week-long ordeal: The entire planet endured its hottest June on record, according to preliminary data from another report released Tuesday.
“The global-average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month,” according to data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Union.
The report said the planet was over 3 degrees hotter than in an average June and about 0.2 degrees hotter than the previous warmest June, which was in 2016 after a strong El Niño event.
Final global temperature data for June from NOAA and NASA will be released later in July.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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