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Hotter than Hades: What to do when climate change catches up with the unwary


Alison Mau is a senior journalist at Stuff , and editor of the #MeTooNZ project.

OPINION: First, an apology. People who bang on incessantly about the weather are bores, and this will be my second column about the elements in as many weeks.

It’s the week for it, though. Climate science has told us for decades we’d be hit by astonishing new weather patterns, leading to extreme temperatures, floods, crop failures, and sea rise, but rarely has the bald evidence been so much in our faces, all at once.

Wildfires are raging across much of Europe, parts of London are in flames, and temperatures in the famously temperate United Kingdom are breaking all former records.

* A UK meteorologist warned of deadly heat, then he was told to cheer up
* Antarctica and the Arctic experiencing record-smashing heatwaves, why is this? * 48.8C: The city in Sicily that may have set Europe’s all-time heat record * Places in New Zealand for which 2019 was the warmest year on record Heat can be subjective – what you’re used to is what you’re used to, and therefore when the weather goes rogue it’s a shock, no […]

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