The almost 15 degrees Celsius that we will soon see on thermometers in Poland is very warm for the middle of winter. This is nothing compared to the fact that it is now over 30 degrees Celsius in Spain. On the other side of the world, the water in the Amazon River was 40 degrees.
There is – or should be – winter in Europe. The current situation in Spain and Italy shows us that it is completely different. – The temperature in Valencia should be around 12 degrees Celsius, half of what it is now. This is not good for the people, not for the villages, not for the lagoon fish, for anyone – says Teresa Yates, a resident of Valencia.
Spain is currently struggling with a record drought. – Spain is very accustomed to high values, but nevertheless 30-degree heat has never been recorded in January in this country – emphasizes Grzegorz Walijewski from the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management – National Research Institute. A state of emergency has been declared in Catalonia. Precipitation there has been below average for 40 months now. Restrictions on water consumption have been introduced in all cities in the region – 200 liters per resident per day. The greatest restrictions will affect agriculture, because the authorities want to introduce a limit of up to 80 percent in this industry. – I’ve never seen anything like this. The water level has dropped significantly here. I don’t know how we will end up, says Joaquim Casali, a retiree.
The scale of the drama
An alarming situation also occurs in the vicinity of Malaga. – When you see it with your own eyes, you quickly realize that in a moment we will be without water, and we cannot live without water. Many people think that because they turn on the tap and have water, can turn on the washing machine and take a shower, it is not their problem. Here you can see that it’s a problem for all of us – warns Conchita Cera, a resident of the southern part of Andalusia.
The whole world is facing this problem. When it’s the middle of winter in Poland and there are temporary floods, it’s easy to forget about the climate crisis for a while. Unfortunately, there are places where this crisis is fully visible. This is evidenced by the number of victims of fires in Chile. Fighting the fire is extremely difficult due to successive heat waves with temperatures reaching 40 degrees. Fire is also consuming Colombia, where hundreds of fires have been recorded since the beginning of the year, and the president has declared a state of natural disaster.
Brazil is counting losses after a dramatic drought. In the Amazon Valley, the water was 40 degrees, which killed over 150 dolphins. Scientists have just stated clearly that in a world without climate change, this phenomenon would have no chance of reaching such a scale. – The global temperature increase will promote such events, in other words – there will be a lot of such experiences in these regions – emphasizes Professor Bogdan Chojnicki, a climatologist from the University of Life Sciences in Poznań. In short: extreme droughts, wildfires, flash floods and violent and dangerous weather are our new reality.
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