The Indian subcontinent has recorded above-average temperatures for weeks. Heat-related weather watches or alerts are now in effect for hundreds of millions of people.
The loss of the ice sheets would be another sign of the catastrophic effect of climate change on the continent. Floods are worse, droughts last longer and millions of people have been displaced.
Short, distinctive names are assigned to storms to raise awareness about their dangers. Some experts argue for doing the same for heat waves, which can be even deadlier.
Nine Greek letters were pressed into service in last year’s busy Atlantic hurricane season. Officials said they left people confused.
Forecasters warned of “catastrophic” damage in the region, with winds up to 150 miles per hour and severe flooding expected as the Category 4 storm prepares to make landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.
Barely halfway through what one meteorologist called a “hyperactive” season, there is only one entry left on the 21-name list used for storms.
Record high temperatures were recorded in Baghdad and Damascus, and experts warned of the effects of prolonged heat waves as the planet warms.
With closer cooperation among nations, the head of the United Nations argues, we could stop a pandemic faster and slow climate change.