From deadly scorching heat waves to damaging unpredictable hurricanes hurling copious amounts of rain and perishing winds, the environment has, yet again, delivered unto humanity, stark catastrophic realities of climatic events brought to wrought by global warming.
As the Bahamas continue recovery efforts and to tally damages and deaths from last week's Hurricane Dorian, France, is confirming the deaths of 1,435 people in two spates of record breaking heat waves this summer.
Hurricane Dorian battered the northern Bahamas for more than 36-hours last week with winds of 185-miles-per-hour and with rainfall measured in feet rather than inches. So far, 45 people have been confirmed dead in the wake of the storm with hundreds still missing. Unlike years of yore when these climatic systems passed quickly, recently, as in the case of Hurricane Dorian, and last year's Irma and other tropical systems, a new norm of hurricanes appear to exhibit the characteristic of remaining virtually stationary over populated places, while inundating them with deadly wind and rain.
And today, the French Ministry of Health confirmed that French deaths numbered 1,435 from this Summer's two heat waves, June 24 to July 7 and July 21 to July 27. According to CNN citing French records, 974 of the deaths were people over 75-years-old. The highest ever recorded temperature in France of 114.6 degrees F (45.9 degrees C) was on June 28, at Gallargues-le-Montueux. Much of Europe witnessed record breaking and extreme heat this Summer, 2019. Adding to the unprecedented weather was a tornado event in Luxembourg, a day before I arrived in that European country for a visit on August 10.
CNN reported that experts worry such heat waves driven by rising temperatures and fueled by greenhouse gas emissions, could become the new normal on the European continent. A 2017 report found that only five percent of European households are air-conditioned. And with dangerous repetitive rising temperatures, more people could be at risk of death from extreme heat.
The environment has echoed stark, dangerous and deadly warnings via its global climatic events. Therefore, the insistence of protection of our environment as put argued by Swedish school girl and ecologist, Greta Thunberg, and others, are real and should be heeded.