The Lead: London Bridge is
Falling Down on Fire
The world is on fire, both literally and figuratively.
The UK reported record heat Tuesday, and it is not alone. According to CNN, NOAA data shows that “globally, 188 all-time heat records have been broken so far in 2022 (with more than 50 of those occurring in the past week).”
Why is this happening? This may sound like a broken record, but the world is broken: CLIMATE CRISIS.
Is this man-made or part of a natural cycle?
“This is what you would expect from a planetary warming that's been driven in large part from greenhouse gases; this is now the world we're living in," said Gabriel Vecchi, a climate scientist and geosciences professor at Princeton University. "It's fair to think that almost every heatwave that we see right now has some influence from global warming."
Astrophysicist Piers Corbyn disagrees and calls the “man-made” theory a scam. He points to carbon dioxide levels as an “effect not a cause” of global warming.
I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see these guys debate!
Wherever you come down on this issue humans adapt. It’s what we do. But there is a limit. Over the last week, the heat in Spain and Portugal killed over 1,700 people. How do we adapt to that?