Source: The Guardian
This year’s heatwaves have been a huge challenge – and scientists predict 2024 will likely break records again.
It’s been a record-breaking summer of heatwaves across large parts of the US and the world, and trying to stay cool and safe has been an unprecedented challenge.
There has been a rise in heat-related fatalities; companies and organizations have been under greater pressures to protect workers; and officials from small towns to the White House have been scrambling to respond.
All of this could be the start of the “new normal”.
Climate scientists say the heat and other extreme weather is in line with three decades of scientific prediction amid humanity’s relentless carbon emissions. It might, in fact, be the tip of the iceberg compared with what is to come.
As the US recognizes Labor Day, an unofficial marker of the end of summer, we look at what we might be facing next year from the perspective of climate science, worker protections and what cities are doing to respond.