Extreme heat waves may be our new normal, thanks to climate change. Is the globe prepared?

Think the intense heat baking the nation and much of the world this summer seems like an apocalyptic blockbuster? Just wait for the sequel. Already occurring more often, heat waves are forecast to increase in potency and duration because of climate change, say scientists – who fear the globe is ill-prepared to handle the punishing toll.

Temperatures in the U.S. could rise 3-12 degrees by the end of the century, and the impact on human life will be brutal.

The National Weather Service has advised that extreme heat will affect further than 100 million people in the US this week, with triple- number temperatures in some countries and broken temperature records in numerous areas across the country. “ Above-normal temperatures will continue to prevail through much of the US through the end of the week, with a significant portion of the population remaining under heat- related advisories and warnings, ” the agency said. Heat warnings and advisories have been put in place for 28 countries, with central and southern countries facing the mass of the scorching heat.

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