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Editorial: Europe’s lead role fighting climate change falls victim to a massive heat wave
A notice in an underground train station warns people to avoid travelling where necessary because of the heat, on July 19, 2022, in London. Temperatures were expected to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in parts of the UK this week, prompting the Met Office to issue its first red extreme heat warning in England, from London and the southeast up to York and Manchester. (Carl Court/Getty Images/TNS) Europeans’ resolve to combat climate change is melting under the summer heat as they endure the kinds of temperatures and fire conditions that the American West has dealt with for years. Long protected from American-style heat catastrophes because of consistently cool weather patterns, Europe is now living the nightmare.
And that poses a conundrum for the world, because the hotter it gets, the more Europeans react in ways they’ve long criticized Americans for: cranking up the air conditioners and consuming even more carbon-heavy energy resources. Or, more accurately, Europeans are going out and buying air conditioners that they’ve never even needed before because their summer temperatures have been so predictably moderate.
Despite Europe’s leading role in efforts to cut back on carbon-producing coal, gas and oil in favor of carbon-neutral wind, solar and […]