"If you were drawing up a list of possible locations for hell on Earth before
this week, the small mountain village of Lytton in Canada would probably not
have entered your mind.
Few people outside British Columbia had heard of this community of 250 people.
Those who had were more likely to think of it as bucolic. Nestled by a
confluence of rivers in the forested foothills of the Lillooet and Botanie
mountain ranges, the municipal website boasts: “Lytton is the ideal location
for nature lovers to connect with incredible natural beauty and fresh air
Over the past seven days, however, the village has made headlines around the
world for a freakishly prolonged and intense temperature spike that turned the
idyll into an inferno.
The US president, Joe Biden, and Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, have
warned worried populations to brace for more. Shocked climate scientists are
wondering how even worst-case scenarios failed to predict such furnace-like
conditions so far north.
Johan Rockström, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Research, said the recent extreme weather anomalies were not represented in
global computer models that are used to project how the world might change with
more emissions. The fear is that weather systems might be more frequently
blocked as a result of human emissions. “It is a risk – of a serious regional
weather impact triggered by global warming – that we have underestimated so
far,” he said."
Via Doug Senko.
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