Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The heatwave / drought in China may be the worst EVER anywhere

Recently, we have become used to news reports and pictures of extreme weather, drought conditions and record-breaking heatwaves in Europe, the Horn of Africa, the American Southwest, and even Canada. But apparently, none of this remotely compares to what is happening in China at the moment.

Extreme weather historians like Maximiliano Herrera judge that the current heatwave and drought in China is the worst EVER, anywhere. Rivers and reservoirs have dried up, huge areas of crops have been damaged, areas reliant on hydroelectricity are suffering power outages, causing industry to completely grind to a halt in some areas, etc, etc. 

As Herrera explains it, "This combines the most extreme intensity with the most extreme length with an incredibly huge area all at the same time. There is nothing in world climatic history which is even minimally comparable to what is happening in China."

Wow. Quite a claim. The problem is that China has become such a pariah on the world stage that no-one really cares what is happening there.

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