CLIMATE SNAPSHOT: Today’s Key Climate Updates You Need to Know

by Sophia Chen
Climate Update

As citizens gaze through the smoky, sun-tinted atmosphere, they witness their city’s edge ablaze. From a ridge in Mandra, a region just to the west of Athens, renowned photographer Petros Giannakouris of Big Big News captures the locals as they observe firefighting helicopters battling three major wildfires devastating the Mediterranean landscape.

Tuesday saw thousands of individuals returning to their homes in the coastal regions south of Greece’s capital, after a significant fire had finally subsided. They had spent their night seeking refuge in hotels, public facilities, and even on sandy beaches.

As the world experiences a week of climatic extremes, with intense midsummer heat and heavy rainstorms plaguing various regions, here’s a snapshot of the current climate and extreme weather events:

— For both locals and tourists in the Mediterranean region, the advice from authorities is simple: Stay indoors. The heat is scorching. For more information, refer to reports by Colleen Barry and Jamey Keaten. Additionally, the wildfires continue to burn in Greece, Spain, and Switzerland.

— It’s not just an ordinary hot day in France. The country is setting its own heat records, causing distress for its typically hot climate. Seth Borenstein and Anita Snow share a detailed report.

— Persistent heat and drought in France have tourism providers concerned about their survival. Daniel Cole offers insights on their adaptation strategies.

— Experience the heatwave through the lens of AP photographers from around the world. You can view the captivating images here.

— Is there an alternative method for cooling your home? Isabella O’Malley delves into the realm of geothermal heat pumps.

— Spend some time exploring the detailed AP project, “Climate Connections,” a collaborative effort with Grist. Zoya Tierstein examines the intricate connections between climate change and disease.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve been out here a long time and homeless for about three years. When it’s like this, you just have to get into the shade. This last week has been the hottest I ever remember,” shares Lisa Miccichi, 38, as she maneuvers her belongings-filled shopping cart through downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, in search of a cooler spot.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Climate Update

What is the current situation regarding wildfires in Greece?

Fires are raging at the edge of the city in Mandra, an area just west of Athens. Firefighting helicopters are deployed to tackle three large wildfires that are devastating the Mediterranean landscape. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the coastal areas south of the Greek capital, many of whom have only just returned home.

What are the extreme weather conditions faced globally?

The world is experiencing a week of climatic extremes. This includes intense midsummer heat and heavy rainstorms in various regions. The Mediterranean region, in particular, is experiencing extreme heat, leading authorities to recommend that residents and visitors stay indoors.

How are these weather conditions affecting France?

France is setting its own heat records, causing distress even more than usual for its typically hot climate. The persistent heat and drought conditions have tourism providers worried about their future.

What is the “Climate Connections” project?

“Climate Connections” is a detailed project by AP in collaboration with Grist. The project, as explored by Zoya Tierstein, examines the intricate connections between climate change and disease.

How is Big Big News funded?

Big Big News’ climate and environmental coverage receives financial support from several private foundations. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

More about Climate Update

  • Colleen Barry and Jamey Keaten’s report: Read more
  • Seth Borenstein and Anita Snow’s report: Read more
  • Daniel Cole’s article on France’s heat and drought: Read more
  • AP photographers’ images of the heatwave: View images
  • Isabella O’Malley’s exploration of geothermal heat pumps: Read more
  • AP project “Climate Connections” with Grist: Explore the project
  • AP’s climate initiative: Learn more
  • Big Big News climate and environment coverage: Visit the website

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WeatherWatcher88 July 18, 2023 - 11:47 pm

Wait, Greece’s on fire? That’s intense! I hope they get those wildfires under control soon. And France breakin’ heat records? Whoa, that’s hot stuff! Stay cool, folks! #ExtremeWeather

EcoWarrior42 July 19, 2023 - 6:49 am

Love the focus on climate change and its impact on health. The “Climate Connections” project sounds fascinating! Gotta explore those links between climate and disease. Thanks for sheddin’ light on these important issues, AP! #ClimateAndHealth

GreenThumb27 July 19, 2023 - 11:22 am

Geothermal heat pumps? Sounds like an interestin’ alternative for coolin’ homes. Gotta read Isabella O’Malley’s piece and see if it’s worth considerin’. Thanks for sharin’ these valuable insights, Big Big News! #SustainableLiving

ClimateEnthusiast21 July 19, 2023 - 7:37 pm

wow, dis text got all da latest scoop on da climate! Fires burnin’ in Greece, heat records breakin’ in France, and climate’s link to disease bein’ explored. Keep up da good work, Big Big News! #ClimateUpdate

NewsJunkie101 July 19, 2023 - 8:28 pm

Big Big News, keep deliverin’ those climate updates! This text gives a great snapshot of what’s happenin’ around the world. Stay safe in Greece, people! And shoutout to AP photographers for capturin’ the heatwave through their lenses. #StayInformed


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