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Why have we seen so many heatwaves around the world in 2022?

Besides China having the worst heat wave in world history, many other places around the world have broken records for extreme heat

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September 8, 2022

The heat wave in China contributed to drought and low water levels in the Yangtze River

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This year, China has experienced by far the worst heat wave ever. Many other parts of the world have also experienced extreme heat, with countless records broken and devastating consequences, including many deaths. We’ve long been warned that increasingly extreme heat waves will occur as the planet warms, but some events this year far exceeded predictions. So what’s going on?

This year started with heat waves in many parts of the southern hemisphere. …

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