The world reels from wildfires, floods and other climate crisis


Asia, Europe and the United States are facing extreme heat conditions past few weeks on as global temperatures have soared toward alarming highs and U.S. leaders sought to reignite climate diplomacy with China. The United States was scorched by record-setting heat in the West and South, lashed with flood-triggering rain in the Northeast, and choked by wildfire smoke in the Midwest. The extreme global temperatures underscored the urgency in talks that resumed between China and the United States on climate change, especially as scientists say the target of keeping global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels is moving beyond reach. Scientists have been long warning that climate change, caused by CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels, will make heat waves more frequent, severe and deadly. They say governments need to take drastic actions to reduce omissions to prevent climate catastrophe.