Local MP Elizabeth May says current high temperatures offer a “small taste” of the future in the face of human-caused climate change.
“We are reaping what we have sown,” said May, writing to federal Green party members in her riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. “This is a small taste of it. Without radical, drastic changes in how human economies function, we will soon be engaging in triage: where is safe to live and what parts of the planet are write-offs.”
May said high local temperatures are part of a global heatwave that stretches from Siberia to Sicily, from Mexico to Yukon.
“Over both Europe and North America, the heat extremes are caused by something called ‘heat domes,’” she said. “High altitude heat is trapping heat at ground. The heat dome blocks clouds and rains, eliminating relief from the intense heat and drought.”
More fundamentally, May blames the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation for the heat at high altitudes.
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