April 18, 2024

By Zahara A.

Definition from United Nation:

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. Such shifts can be natural, due to changes in the sun’s activity or large volcanic eruptions. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.

Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.

Causes and Effects of Heat waves

  • Heat wave = A time of very hot weather that normally lasts more than 2 days
  • Amount and length of heat waves rises as climate change increases
    • Climate change ➡ hotter temperatures ➡ more heatwaves
    • Areas with higher humidity in the air, would have worse heatwaves
  • More heat waves would mean higher temperatures for more parts of the year!