Lupa Kata Sandi? Klik di Sini

atau Masuk melalui

Belum Memiliki Akun Daftar di Sini


atau Daftar melalui

Sudah Memiliki Akun Masuk di Sini

Konfirmasi Email

Kami telah mengirimkan link aktivasi melalui email ke rudihamdani@gmail.com.

Klik link aktivasi dan dapatkan akses membaca 2 artikel gratis non Laput di koran dan Majalah Tempo

Jika Anda tidak menerima email,
Kirimkan Lagi Sekarang

Europe Battles Heatwave and Fires, Record Temperatures Scorch China

Editor

Laila Afifa

19 July 2023 23:44 WIB

A tourist covers his body with a blanket to avoid the sun to cool off during the first heatwave of the year in Ronda, Spain, June 12, 2022. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

TEMPO.CO, Rome - Italy put 23 cities on red alert as temperatures could reach 46 Celsius on Wednesday, July 19, one of the global hotspots as a wave of extreme heat, wildfires, and flooding wreak havoc from the United States to China.

An intensifying heatwave has hit southern Europe during the peak summer tourist season, breaking records including in Rome, and bringing warnings about an increased risk of deaths and heart attacks.

Wildfires burned for a third day west of the Greek capital Athens, with air-water bombers resuming operations at first light and firefighters working throughout the night to keep flames away from coastal refineries.

Fanned by erratic winds, the fires have gutted dozens of homes, prompted hundreds of people to flee, and blanketed the area in thick smoke. Temperatures could climb to 43C on Thursday, forecasters said.

In China, which this week was hosting U.S. climate envoy John Kerry for talks, tourists defied the heat to visit a giant thermometer showing surface temperatures of 80C.

In Beijing, which set a new record as temperatures remained above 35C for the 28th day in a row, Kerry expressed hope that cooperation to combat global warming could redefine troubled ties between the two superpowers.

A global pattern of heatwaves that have scorched parts of Europe, Asia, and the United States this week have thrown that challenge into sharp relief.

Temperatures remained high across much of Italy on Wednesday, with 45-46C expected on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia and some inland areas of Sicily likely to see temperatures in the mid-40s.

The health ministry said it would activate an information hotline and teams of mobile health workers visited the elderly in Rome.

"These people are afraid they won't make it, they are afraid they can't go out," said Claudio Consoli, a doctor and director of a health unit.

Joggers took to the streets of the capital early in the morning in an effort to beat the heat.

While the heatwave appears to be subsiding in Spain, residents in Greece were left surveying the wreckage of their homes after the wildfires.

"Everything burned, everything. I will throw it all, it's all waste. The boiler burned, it's done, it melted," said Abbram Paroutsidis, 65.

Spain warned of the risk of wildfires in most of the country though residents were allowed to return to their homes in La Palma island where a blaze that raged for five days was stabilized in one sector, although it remained active elsewhere.

Scientists have long warned that climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions mainly from burning fossil fuels, will make heatwaves more frequent, severe, and deadly. They say governments need to drastically reduce emissions to prevent climate catastrophe.

In Germany, the heatwave sparked an unlikely discussion on whether workplaces should introduce siestas for workers.

In Spain, El Corte Inglés, one of the country's largest department store chains, said sales of air conditioning units had jumped, as had interest in cooling pads for pets and horses.

EXTREME HEAT, FLOODS IN ASIA

In South Korea, heavy rain has pummelled central and southern regions since last week. Fourteen deaths occurred in an underpass in the city of Cheongju, where more than a dozen vehicles were swamped on Saturday when a river levee collapsed. In the southeastern province of North Gyeongsang, 22 people died, many from landslides and swirling torrents.

In India, flash floods, landslides, and accidents related to heavy rainfall have killed more than 100 people in the north of the country since the onset of the monsoon season on June 1, when rainfall is 41% above average.

The Yamuna River reached the compound walls of the Taj Mahal in Agra for the first time in 45 years, also submerging several other historical monuments and gardens surrounding the 17th century, white-marble mausoleum. The same river flooded parts of the Indian capital including roads surrounding the historic Red Fort and Rajghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

The Brahmaputra river, which runs through India's Assam state, also burst its banks this month, engulfing almost half of the Kaziranga National Park - home to the rare one-horned rhino - in waist-deep water, prompting animals to flee to roads and human settlements in search of safe ground.

In China's western Xinjiang province, tourists with broad-brimmed hats and umbrellas braved scorching temperatures to take selfies with a giant thermometer that displayed a real-time surface temperature of 80C.

Each summer, people flock to the Flaming Mountains on the northern rim of Xinjiang's Turpan Depression to see their corrugated slopes of brown-red sandstone and to take in the super-charged heat emanating from the ground.

In recent days, temperatures in Xinjiang and other parts of Asia, as well as Europe and the United States have shattered records.

On Sunday, a remote township in the Turpan Depression registered a maximum air temperature of 52.2C, smashing China's national record of 50.3C set in 2015, also in the basin.

These unprecedented temperatures have added new urgency for nations around the globe to tackle climate change. With the world's two biggest economies at odds over issues ranging from trade to Taiwan, Kerry told Chinese Vice-President Han Zheng on Wednesday that climate change must be handled separately from broader diplomatic problems.

"It is a universal threat to everybody on the planet and requires the largest nations in the world, the largest economies in the world, the largest emitters in the world, to come together in order to do work not just for ourselves, but for all mankind," Kerry told Han.

REUTERS

Editor's Choice: BMKG: Hot Air in Indonesia is Not Heatwave

Click here to get the latest news updates from Tempo in Google News



European Getaway: 6 Countries to Travel for Less-Crowded Holiday

7 jam lalu

European Getaway: 6 Countries to Travel for Less-Crowded Holiday

Skyscanner reported that 81 percent of tourists choose less frequented countries to travel.


China's Xi Jinping Urges All-out Rescue Efforts After Highway Bridge Collapse Kills 11

1 hari lalu

China's Xi Jinping Urges All-out Rescue Efforts After Highway Bridge Collapse Kills 11

President Xi Jinping urged all-out rescue efforts after a highway bridge collapse on Friday in Shaanxi province in China's northwest killed 11 people.


6 Must-Try Traditional Chinese Foods for Tourists

3 hari lalu

6 Must-Try Traditional Chinese Foods for Tourists

Exploring Chinese foods is an essential part of any visit to the country.


Scientists Say 2024 Likely to be Hottest Year Ever as Global Temperatures Skyrocket

3 hari lalu

Scientists Say 2024 Likely to be Hottest Year Ever as Global Temperatures Skyrocket

Global temperatures are soaring, with last month being the hottest June ever recorded, according to the EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).


Top 10 Happiest Cities in the World 2024; Europe Dominates

4 hari lalu

Top 10 Happiest Cities in the World 2024; Europe Dominates

Here is a list of the top 10 happiest cities in the world in 2024.


Philippines, China to Set Up New Channels to Handle South China Sea Rows

4 hari lalu

Philippines, China to Set Up New Channels to Handle South China Sea Rows

The Philippines and China have agreed to set up new lines of communication to improve their handling of maritime disputes.


Top 10 Best-Selling Electric Cars in June 2024; Chery Omoda E5 Tops the List

5 hari lalu

Top 10 Best-Selling Electric Cars in June 2024; Chery Omoda E5 Tops the List

The electric car market in Indonesia continues to heat up, with manufacturers vying for dominance each month.


Imported Clothes Allegedly Sold Illegally in Tanah Abang

5 hari lalu

Imported Clothes Allegedly Sold Illegally in Tanah Abang

The Tanah Abang Wholesale Market is known to be a hub for buying and selling imported clothes, including from China.


IMF Sees Steady Global Growth, Warns of Slowing Disinflation Momentum

5 hari lalu

IMF Sees Steady Global Growth, Warns of Slowing Disinflation Momentum

The IMF warns in an update to its World Economic Outlook(WEO) that momentum in the fight against inflation is slowing.


Global Oil Prices Inched Down amid China's Slowing Economy

6 hari lalu

Global Oil Prices Inched Down amid China's Slowing Economy

World oil prices fell on Tuesday, July 16.