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Man’s actions against nature bring about heatwaves

Man’s actions against nature bring about heatwaves

Washington, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday assured that man's actions against nature lead to climate change, bringing about heatwaves.

‘Without human-induced climate change, it would have been almost impossible to hit such record-breaking mean June temperatures in the Western United States and Canada as the chances of natural occurrence is once every tens of thousands of years,’ according to WMO.

In a statement, the WMO has said that these early summer hot weather conditions are taking place against the background of human-induced climate change with global temperatures already 1.2 C higher than pre-industrial levels.

‘Heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense as greenhouse gas concentrations lead to a rise in global temperatures. They are starting earlier and ending later and are taking an increasing toll on human health and health systems,’ the statement said.

Extreme temperatures pose a great threat to human health, agriculture and environment because the northern region of the western hemisphere is not used to heatwaves, WMO warned.

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