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Why summers may never be the same

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The summer of 2023 in the United States witnessed a string of extreme weather events, resembling scenes from a disaster movie, with record-breaking temperatures, devastating wildfires, and unprecedented flooding marked this summer as a clear indicator of the ongoing climate crisis
• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that each month from June to August broke temperature records, and the European Union climate monitor confirmed that September was the warmest on record

🔭 The context: Throughout the summer, Americans grappled with the ominous impacts of climate change; from Vermont to South Florida, communities faced scorching heat waves, destructive floods, and choking smoke from wildfires
• The evolving climate is forcing individuals and institutions to adapt to these new environmental challenges

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The summer of 2023 stands as a stark reminder of climate change's profound consequences, with extreme heat and weather events disrupting daily life and straining infrastructure, from cooling challenges in schools to water conservation measures in drought-stricken cities

⏭️ What's next: As climate change persists, people and communities must brace for a future marked by increased frequency and severity of weather events, necessitating changes in daily routines, work schedules, and outdoor leisure pursuits
• The imperative to address climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions becomes even more critical to mitigate these effects and avert the worsening of extreme weather events

💬 One quote: "It's no longer the summers I remember from my childhood. The world is changing, and we must change with it" (Marianne Gingher, 76 year old resident of North Carolina)

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