Heat wave sweeps Pacific Northwest, US Southeast

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Such record-smashing heat waves may become two to seven times more frequent around the world over the next few decades, scientists found in a study More than 60 million Americans across the Pacific Northwest and the US Southeast were under a heat advisory on Friday, facing temperatures well into the 100s and near-record high temperatures […]

Why are we seeing so many deaths in the third wave?

Why are we seeing so many deaths in the third wave?

Sabina Akter Joya and Tusher wail near the body of their mother Jahanara Begum, 58, in front of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on July 10, 2021. Jahanara was admitted to a hospital in Kakrail after she tested positive for Covid-19. After her condition worsened that morning, doctors referred her to the Intensive Care Unit of […]

Wildfires rage as US West grapples with heat wave, drought

Wildfires rage as US West grapples with heat wave, drought

Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the U.S. West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region, straining power grids. The largest wildfire of the year in California — the Beckwourth Complex — was raging along the Nevada state line and has burned […]

Heat wave blankets US West as fires rage in several states

Heat wave blankets US West as fires rage in several states

Firefighters struggled to contain an exploding Northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures as another heat wave blanketed the West, prompting an excessive heat warning for inland and desert areas. Death Valley in southeastern California’s Mojave Desert reached 128 degrees Fahrenheit (53 Celsius) on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service’s reading at Furnace Creek. The […]

Like in ‘postapocalyptic movies’: Heat wave killed marine wildlife en masse

Dead mussels near Suicide Bend Park in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. If extreme heat becomes too frequent, scientists warn, normally resilient species won’t have time to recover. The New York Times

The combination of extraordinary heat and drought that hit the Western United States and Canada over the past two weeks has killed hundreds of millions of marine animals and continues to threaten untold species in freshwater, according to a preliminary estimate and interviews with scientists. “It just feels like one of those postapocalyptic movies,” said […]

Study: Northwest heat wave impossible without climate change

Study: Northwest heat wave impossible without climate change

The deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change that added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing temperatures, a new quick scientific analysis found. An international team of 27 scientists calculated that climate change increased chances of the extreme heat occurring by at least […]

Algeria hit by wave of forest fires

More than 200 firemen supported by forest rangers were mobilized to battle the outbreaks Forest fires that broke out in northeast Algeria on Sunday destroyed dozens of hectares of trees and were battled by firefighters, soldiers and volunteers, officials said on Monday. The official APS news agency reported officials at Khenchela in the Aures massif […]

Blackouts in US Northwest due to heat wave, deaths reported

Blackouts in US Northwest due to heat wave, deaths reported

The unprecedented Northwest U.S. heat wave that slammed Seattle and Portland, Oregon, moved inland Tuesday — prompting a electrical utility in Spokane, Washington, to resume rolling blackouts amid heavy power demand. Officials said more than a half-dozen deaths in Washington and Oregon may be tied to the intense heat that began late last week. The […]

Northwest US faces hottest day of intense heat wave

Northwest US faces hottest day of intense heat wave

The hottest day of an unprecedented and dangerous heat wave scorched the Pacific Northwest on Monday, with temperatures obliterating records that had been set just the day before. Seattle hit 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius) by evening — well above Sunday’s all-time high of 104 F (40 C). Portland, Oregon, reached 116 F (46.6 C) […]

Canada and US northwest bake under record-smashing heat wave

Kids play in the Salmon Springs Fountain in Portland, Oregon on June 27, 2021 AFP The village of Lytton in British Columbia broke the record for Canada’s all-time high, with a temperature of 46.6°C Swathes of the United States and Canada endured record-setting heat on Sunday, forcing schools and Covid-19 testing centres to close and […]