Europe is roasting under a cruel sun. As the continent endures a record-breaking summer (with temperatures reaching a searing 44°C in Portgual), scientists warn that climate change has already doubled the chances of such heatwaves occurring.
Whilst climate scientists are often reluctant to draw direct links between individual weather events and rising greenhouse gas emissions, there is nevertheless a growing body of evidence suggesting that extreme weather is becoming both more frequent and more intense.
Scorching temperatures can be life-threatening, with infants and the elderly being particularly vulnerable. New research suggests that deaths caused by heatwaves are likely to spike dramatically over the coming decades, with heavily-populated parts of the world (such as in Northern China) being rendered uninhabitable, potentially displacing hundreds of millions of people.
Over 90% of EU citizens see climate change as a serious problem. Yet the global response has been frustrated by scepticism about the science, including from US President Donald Trump. As extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, grow more frequent, will it help to convince people who are still on the fence?
Is Europe’s heatwave proof of climate change? And if it’s not, then what is? What will it take to change the mind of climate sceptics? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!