Over the past week, the floods of England have dominated the local and national newsbroadcasts. In case you don’t know, the rainy season in England (which lasts 300 days a year; not in a row) has flooded the banks of the Thames and other rivers, leaving thousands without drinking water.
Most of the news reports say something about the floods being a part of the greater global warming trend.
With parts of Europe baking in a heatwave, while parts of England are experiencing their worst flooding for 60 years, it is tempting to ascribe this extreme weather to climate change. But climate scientists are reluctant to make this link. “You can say that due to the Earth getting warmer there will be on average more extreme events,” said Dr Malcolm Haylock, an expert on climate extremes, “but you can’t attribute any specific event to climate change.”
Up to 500 people have died in the past week from a heatwave in Hungary, a top health official has said… Some 30 people have also died in the heatwave in neighbouring Romania.
I’m sure that there are not enough celebrities who are talking about this.