Forest Advocate: Climate Change & Heat Waves

Matt Leahy | July 28, 2023
Dry, dead grass with a dandelion growing among it.

A recent study scientists at the Scientists from the World Weather Attribution conducted is additional evidence that human induced climate change increases the chances for the extreme heat waves parts of the United States, Europe and China experiences in July.  Read the study here.

The summary of the main findings made several key points:

  • These extreme heat events are not rare anymore. 
  • Absent a comprehensive commitment to mitigate the increase in global temperatures, they will occur more frequently. The report notes heatwaves like the recent ones would occur every 2-5 years in a world that is 2°C warmer than the preindustrial climate.
  • All levels of government will need to develop heat action plans to reduce heat-related health effects.