It has been quite a long time since I last posted about climate change. Now I do, visually in the main, taking images from far and near. The moral? Expressed as well as can be here: We can’t hide from global warming’s consequences.
In early July, the temperature in Ouargla, Algeria, reached 51.3 C, the highest ever recorded in Africa! Temperatures in the eastern and southwestern United States and southeastern Canada have also hit record highs. In Montreal, people sweltered under temperatures of 36.6 C, the highest ever recorded there, as well as record-breaking extreme midnight heat and humidity, an unpleasant experience shared by people in Ottawa. Dozens of people have died from heat-related causes in Quebec alone.
Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East have also reached all-time record temperatures. In Northern Siberia, along the Arctic coast, the temperature was over 32 C on July 5, much hotter than ever recorded.
My friend Russell Darnley posted this on Facebook just now:
- If anyone is still doubting the reality of global warming. This image is from Rovaniemi, Finland, last Wednesday.
- One more fact to share about this photograph is that it was taken in a city which is located within the Arctic Circle!
Then we have California:
Less spectacularly and closer to home:
Another friend, Julie McCrossin, posted this from her property near Wellington NSW.
It is desperately dry out here. The wild life obviously suffer too. We have many kangaroos on our land. There are hills behind our property & the roos come down looking for grass. One has moved into our yard & seems unwell.
Closer to home:
Photographer Sandpiper has posted this recent image from Marulan:
Finally, a must-watch video: a screenshot —