With the UK Breaking Heat Level Records, Climate Change Action is Needed Urgently
According to CNBC, the United Kingdom recorded its hottest day to date on July 19, 2022 with temperatures reaching an all time high of 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme heat has lead to several damaging fires breaking out in the UK according to The Weather Channel. This disturbing report is the latest example of how anthropogenic climate change is taking a toll on our lives as temperatures rise faster than we had ever imagined.
What is even more surprising is the fact that the UK is located pretty far up North from the Earth's equator. However, despite its location, the UK is experiencing temperatures that countries close to the equator had not ever experienced a few years ago.
Based on these results, it is possible that countries around the world will begin to experience even higher temperatures that we had not even fathomed if the course of climate change is not curbed. Hopefully, these recent events should make humans across the world even more aware of the effects of climate change.
It is time for us to reassess our position on climate change and the effects it may bring. If anything, this latest news indicates that our previous models for climate change have largely underestimated the true effects.
However, the pressure to increase the global oil supply is still increasing because of rising gas prices. If we end up drilling more oil, climate change's effects will only be exacerbated. Nevertheless, the UK's heat level record this past week demonstrates that it is equally if not more important to consider the long term health of our planet in order to maintain a more livable environment for all of us.