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Pacific Northwest Heat Wave “Impossible Without Human-Caused Climate Change”

HeadlineJul 09, 2021

A new analysis by the World Weather Attribution network finds this summer’s record-shattering heat wave in the Pacific Northwest would have been “virtually impossible without human-caused climate change.” The study also warned that as the human-induced climate crisis continues to heat the planet, such events will become a lot less rare. The high temperature in Lytton, British Columbia, hit 121 degrees on June 29 — one day before a massive wildfire destroyed most of the town. The heat wave is blamed for up to 500 deaths in British Columbia, 78 deaths in Washington state and 116 in Oregon. 

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