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03 08 2021 | 11:03

Extreme heat waves in a warming world don’t just break records – they shatter them

Summer isn’t even half over, and we’ve seen heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and Canada with temperatures that would be hot for Death Valley, enormous fires that have sent smoke across North…

24 07 2021 | 10:40

Death Valley hits 130 degrees, nearly breaking heat record

Death Valley is more than earning its morbid name this weekend, as temperatures in the California desert reached a near-record-breaking 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius), according to…

24 07 2021 | 09:05

The heatwave forcing America to confront climate reality

An extraordinary heatwave has swept the west coast of the US and Canada, leading to record temperatures, water shortages, and hundreds of deaths – and bringing home the catastrophic consequences of…

17 07 2021 | 13:48

Record-breaking temperatures mean we must change the way we talk about the climate emergency

New normal. Record-breaking. Unprecedented. In recent days, as Western Canada and the United States have been broiling under a climate-fuelled heat crisis, all sorts of superlatives have been used…

17 07 2021 | 13:12

Amid Extreme Heat, Humanitarian Group Reports Dozens of Migrant Deaths in Arizona Desert

The Tucson, Arizona-based non-profit group Humane Borders said Tuesday that amid the Southwest's extreme heatwave last month, an unusually large number of migrants' human remains were found in the…

17 07 2021 | 10:18

Wildfires tear through 1m acres in US west as 16,000 firefighters battle onslaught

Drought and deadly heatwaves fuel flames that threaten Native American tribal lands struggling to save water. Wildfires burning across the US west have engulfed nearly a million acres and drawn in…

17 07 2021 | 09:18

Wildfire races towards Yosemite National Park as 10 western states under threat

The fires come as the West is blasted with its second, life-threatening heatwave in a matter of weeks. A wildfire is raging on the edge of one of America’s most iconic public lands, Yosemite…

15 07 2021 | 09:43

First look inside town turned to ‘powder’ by record-breaking heatwave

The Independent was the first international news outlet to be allowed into the destroyed town of Lytton, British Columbia. Ashleigh Stewart joined residents seeing the extent of the destruction for…

15 07 2021 | 09:29

6 Things to Know About Climate Change and Heat Waves

It's hard not to think about how hot it's been — even if you live somewhere that has escaped the heat in the past few weeks. When British Columbia clocks temperatures of 121° F, it gets the world's…

12 07 2021 | 14:27

BC Heat Wave Caused Over 1 Billion Tidal Creatures to Cook to Death, Scientist Says

It's "a frightening warning sign," said one observer. "Heartbreaking," another commented. "Can we now mobilize en masse to save all Earthly beings?" asked another.

12 07 2021 | 13:36

North America endured hottest June on record

Satellite data shows temperature peaks are lasting longer and rising higher North America endured the hottest June on record last month, according to satellite data that shows temperature peaks…

12 07 2021 | 13:29

World ‘must step up preparations for extreme heat’

Rising temperatures may be hitting faster and harder than forecast, say climate scientists in wake of heatwave in US and Canada The world needs to step up preparations for extreme heat, which may be…

12 07 2021 | 10:31

Oregon heatwave death toll tops 100 as county calls it a ‘mass casualty event’

Governor Kate Brown fears heatwave is ‘harbinger of things to come’ in climate crisis The record-breaking heatwave that gripped the northwestern US and Canada has claimed more than 100 lives in the…

10 07 2021 | 07:40

Inside the Canadian town wiped off the map by a heat wave: ‘I watched my pets burn alive’

‘I stayed up all night watching the town burn down. It was so scary,’ says one Lytton resident. Nine foot high flames were lapping at Pierre Quevillon’s Lytton home when he bundled his two dogs into…

10 07 2021 | 07:39

What we know about the victims of the US and Canada heatwave.

More deaths expected as details of victims continue to emerge. The death toll from a historic heatwave in the US northwest and Canada is expected to increase as temperatures reach 121F degrees, …

08 07 2021 | 13:32

Extreme temperatures kill 5 million people a year with heat-related deaths rising, study finds

More people died of cold than heat in past 20 years but climate change is shifting the balance. More than 5 million people die each year globally because of excessively hot or cold conditions, a 20-…

08 07 2021 | 10:51

Nordic countries endure heatwave as Lapland records hottest day since 1914

Kevo in Lapland recorded a temperature of 33.6C after Finland registered record heat in June. Nordic countries have registered near-record temperatures over the weekend, including highs of 34C (93.…

08 07 2021 | 10:37

Once-in-a-millennium heat dome lodges over US and Canada in preview of future climate disaster

Officials warn a ‘prolonged, dangerous, and historic heatwave’ will persist through the week. Canada has recorded its highest temperatures on record as the country’s west, along with the US Pacific …

07 07 2021 | 11:22

New Zealand experiences hottest June on record despite polar blast

Average temperatures for the month were 2C higher than normal, with 24 separate locations hitting their own records New Zealand has experienced its hottest June since records began more than 110…

07 07 2021 | 10:22

Greta Thunberg attacks world leaders: ‘When the protests get too loud, you make the protests illegal’

Politicians are ‘role-playing’ and ‘pretending to wage war against fossil fuels’, activist says Greta Thunberg has torn into global leaders’ response to the worsening climate crisis, accusing them…