Lake Shrinking Droughts, Peach-Sized Hail, And Fatal Monsoons: This Week’s Global Climate Crisis In A Nutshell
This summer has served as a terrifying reminder of what the climate crisis is capable of.
From children being killed by hail to some of the largest lakes shrinking, this week has only reinforced calls for immediate action to curb the dire consequences of this crisis.
As a media platform, Lovin Malta finds it imperative to keep pushing for serious action and not let the issue slide under the radar.
So, we’ve decided to document the global effects of the climate crisis as it nears to a point of no return.
These are this week’s top stories highlighting the detriment of this ever-growing crisis.
1. Persisting heat and a Medicane expected to hit the Maltese islands, forecasters warn
September in Malta is set to be one we’ve never experienced with maximum temperatures around mid-30°C to persist well into the month. The rainy season will also be delayed by several days with October and November being most likely drier than usual.
There also seems to be the possibility of a Medicane later in autumn, while at least one severe thunderstorm which could cause local damage has been expected.
2. Peach-sized hail in Spain proves fatal after killing toddler
A 20-month-old girl died in Catalonia, Spain, after being struck by a large hailstone as a storm raged across parts of the north-eastern Spanish region. These were the largest stones seen in two decades.
3. California could see temperatures of 45°C in the coming days
Record high temperatures are expected in California with officials warning that the dangerous heat wave which could persist through the end of the week and test the limits of the electric grid.
4. Pakistan’s “monster monsoon” may not have hit its peak yet
Unusually heavy rains have hit all four provinces of Pakistan, with flash floods killing at least 1,060 people, demolishing 300,000 homes, and turning numerous roads into rivers.
The floods have destroyed villages, crops, around 800,000 livestock, and displaced thousands of people. Yet, many people are saying that it hasn’t even reached its peak.
5. China’s Largest lake, the Poyang, shrinks
China’s largest freshwater lake, the Poyang, has become fully visible when it is usually surrounded by water in August.
The lake is commonly known as the “kidney” because of the role it plays in regulating the flow of the Yangtze river in central Jiangxi province, taking on floodwaters in the normally wet summer and then receding dramatically during the dry autumn and winter.
Lovin Malta is sharing a weekly breakdown of the global climate crisis every Sunday on its Instagram and social media platforms. Check out last week’s post:
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