Record-setting temperatures hit cities all across Japan, hospitalizing thousands and straining the power grid for millions of people.
In Italy, temperatures in Rome hit the highest level ever recorded, while the Po — the longest river in the entire country — dries up amidst the worst drought in 70 years.
Further north, in the Italian Dolomites, a glacier collapse killed at least 10 people, while experts warn that destructive avalanches and glacial collapses will only become more frequent as temperatures rise.
Even in Tromsø, Norway, nearly 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, temperatures hit 86° F at the end of June — the hottest ever that early in the year and within half a degree of the all-time record.
And closer to home, in Texas, climate change is making summers both longer and hotter — threatening to once again overwhelm the electrical grid and leave thousands without power in the middle of a deadly heat wave.
All across the planet, we're seeing record-high temperatures and dangerous heat waves earlier and earlier in the calendar each year.
The unfortunate truth is that we're likely to only see higher temperatures, wider-spread wildfires, rolling blackouts and power grid failures, more hospitalizations, and more deaths as the summer heat continues.
The devastating effects of the global climate crisis are not far-off, future threats — they're already here. We are living them, right now.
The events of the past few weeks are just a few further reminders of why we need a Green New Deal, and why we must put environmental justice and clean energy at the core of our progressive agenda.
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