Satellite photo of Europe from a couple of days back:
France is braced for record-breaking temperatures in the south, and two people have died in Spain, as Europe continues to face a sweltering heatwave.
Four départements in southern France were placed on emergency red alert on Friday, the first time the measure has covered such a large area. Temperatures could exceed 45C in inland parts of Vaucluse, Gard, Hérault and Bouches-du-Rhône
Jogging has become “risky behaviour.”
The health minister, Agnès Buzyn, urged what she called “those in denial of extreme heat” to avoid “risky behaviours”. She urged people not to jog between noon and 2pm and said parents should not under any circumstances leave children in cars.
Being that it’s the Guardian, of course it also has to add:
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, warned that extreme weather was likely to become more frequent as a result of global warming. “We will need to change our set-up, our way of working, build differently,” he said, stressing a necessary “adaptation of society and its habits”.
Presumably that will mean a jogging ban, in what has become a “climate emergency”.
This week, an independent report found France was falling behind on tackling the climate emergency and failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite ambitious promises.
Scientists have said Europe’s 2019 heatwave, like last year’s, is closely linked to the climate emergency and that such extreme weather events will be many times more likely over the coming decades.
Calling it an “emergency” devalues emergencies. Once everything has become an emergency, nothing is an emergency.
Fortunately the British Isles are mostly covered in cloud, like they usually are, so we have escaped the climate emergency for now. Instead I suppose that we must be having a cloud and rain emergency.