This year marked California’s most scorching summer in history. The deadly combination of extreme wildfires and inhumane heatwaves paved the way for the phenomenon to happen.
Accordingly, 18.4% of states, including Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, shared the same natural disaster. In data, June, July, and August had an average temperature of 76F or 24C, which beat the Dust Bowl summer of 1936.
Why is this exactly happening?
Pre-pandemic, the current situation of the environmental crises has been worsening. The problem got worse the moment the world entered the recovering phase of Covid 19. Studies show that once the pandemic is over, more corporations and individuals will exert their efforts to recuperate from all the losses brought by the virus. Future offers a double or triple in operations in general. A detailed scientific analysis elucidates how human-caused climate brought deadly heatwaves and intense wildfires.
What are the detrimental results happening right now?
It has led to the straining of power grids in multiples states. Additionally, more businesses, schools, and even Covid-19 testing centers are to close due to logistical concerns brought by the massive summer heatwave. While the Californian state brings efforts, the exponential growth of heat places hampered its ability to respond and solve the problem. Accordingly, a significant hydropower plant at Lake Orville shut down for the first time in history due to deficient water levels. Alongside this, the drought pressures California to continue using gas-fired plants, which contributes more to the problem. It also lessens the likelihood of California transitioning to carbon-free electricity.
The tragedy brought by the heatwave has affected many lives. In statistics, nearly 500 people died in Oregon and Washington. This climate emergency consistently pushes the whole US government to create initiatives and policies to save their citizens from the deadly hands of the climate crisis.