2022's summer heatwave can be directly linked to climate change, report Allison Gualtieri and Alex Sundby of CBS News. The record-breaking temperatures across the globe are a sign of the new normal that awaits us, and it is a grim one. In Phoenix, the hot weather has killed more people than homicides. Great Britain saw 104 degrees, 30 degrees higher than during an average summer. Man-made climate change is the reason for this historic heat surge. Calfornia, Texas, England, and China; this heat wave spans the globe, leaving death and destruction in its wake. This is the future climate scientists warned about, and it's here to stay.
The notion of the recent heatwave as an omen of an apocalyptic future is exaggerated, asserts Tim Black of Spiked Online. Recently, terms such as climate "crisis" or "emergency" have been thrown around when reality looks very different. While temperatures have risen, humans are adapting. Forest and home fires in the Greater London area have actually been falling in numbers. The death toll from natural disasters has fallen 92% since the 1920s. Economic damage in the same period is down 80-90%. In fact, the US suffered worse heat waves in the 1930s than it does today. The current situation needs to be regarded with less alarmism.