By Tim Radford
Scientists predict that lethal heat waves in Europe, and ice storms and big freezes across the globe, could become regular events if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled.
LONDON, 18 December, 2014 − Global average temperatures continue to rise, but new research shows that the extremes of heat and cold are rising even faster.
Scientists report that heat waves have got hotter and cold snaps have got colder at a more extreme rate – and that continuing greenhouse gas emissions will mean that, in another two decades, Europe could experience once every two years the sort of lethal heat waves that occurred once in a thousand years. >>
An island left high and dry in the English Lake District when water levels fell drastically during the 2003 heat wave.
Image: Chris Tomlinson via Wikimedia Commons
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