This year’s summer of climate extremes hits wealthier places

This year's summer of climate extremes hits wealthier places

As the world staggers through another summer of extreme weather, experts are noticing something different: 2021′s onslaught is hitting harder and in places that have been spared global warming’s wrath in the past.

Wealthy countries such as the United States, Canada, Germany, and Belgium are joining poorer and more vulnerable nations on a growing list of extreme weather events that scientists say have some connection to human-caused climate change.

Killer floods hit China, but hundreds of people drowned in parts of Germany and Belgium, not used to being inundated. Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. had what climate scientist Zeke Hausfather called “scary” heat that soared well past triple digits in Fahrenheit and into the high 40s in Celsius, shattering records and accompanied by unusual wildfires. Now southern Europe is seeing unprecedented heat and fire.

Climate scientists say there is little doubt climate change from the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas is driving extreme events.

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