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Climate Change is Happening: The U.K Heat Wave

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Last updated on July 29, 2022

Imagine being stuck in Britain during the most brutal heat wave that the nation has ever seen. The burning sun beating down upon the entire country, with limited AC. This is the grim reality that citizens of the United Kingdom faced in mid-July of 2022.

The U.K. as a whole has an annual average temperature of a high of 56 ℉ and a low of 43 ℉. Because of this, most homes do not have AC and most roads are not built to sustain temperatures much higher than these. But, this heat wave reached temperatures over 104 ℉. Causing 13 deaths so far and 41 properties destroyed. Along with this blistering hotness, fires started to spread as well. This is all due to global warming.

Global warming is a real issue that isn’t addressed as much as it should be. Many people believe that this tragic experience was just a fluke and probably won’t happen again. But, the truth is that if we as a whole don’t do something about this problem, it will only get worse. Every summer that goes by, will be hotter than the last. The continual addition of greenhouse gasses in the air is the main reason for this climate change. CNBC says that we need to try our best to cut CO2 emissions if we want this to stop. Some ways we can help are by using public transportation, turning off lights when you are not using them, eating less meat that is processed in factories, not wasting food, recycling trash, buying an electric vehicle, and much more.

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