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Spain heatwave breaks records and kills one

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I hate summer...

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Spain already endured a heatwave last month. South Europe summers & scorching temperatures go hand in hand am afraid, always have, always will.

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I hate summer..

Its very high, hope they get relief soon, it definitely is a scorcher out there, but if you grew up in Nevada, Arizona or Texas, it's actually pretty normal.

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Yesterday was even more hot, Villanueva del Arzobispo reached 51º and in other cities 48º.

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What's makes the heat worse is that it's absorbed into the asphalt and radiates back up making it hotter, sometimes reaching temperatures over 60 degrees Celsius.

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bass4funk: "What's makes the heat worse is that it's absorbed into the asphalt and radiates back up making it hotter, sometimes reaching temperatures over 60 degrees Celsius."

Pretty elementary science that even climate change deniers would debate, but you're right. And it's a given as well, but that's why "concrete jungles" like Osaka and Tokyo (although Tokyo is getting a LITTLE greener) suffer exponentially, and kids on the dirt parks at school have such high numbers of heat stroke.

It's too late to do anything. The massive iceberg that broke off the other day is just the beginning. They may as well stop saying "record broken" because that itself is a broken record, coming in every single day, every summer. I hope all these people find relief, too, but so long as it's relief in air-conditioning while hiding out in the cities with little or no vegetation, and burning fuel to do it all, it'll just get worse.

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This is only the beginning unfortunately for Spain. Southern Spain has been specifically identified as a region that could become completely uninhabitable within the next 50 or so years due to rapid warming and most of the region would be turned to desert. Mind, this is based on scenarios where warming is 2 degrees by end of century, which is basically impossible to achieve at this point, implying what will actually happen will be much worse..

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/27/climate-change-rate-to-turn-southern-spain-to-desert-by-2100-report-warns

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What's makes the heat worse is that it's absorbed into the asphalt and radiates back up making it hotter,

I get your point, bass, but it doesn't radiate back up. It would be better if it did - white walls, roofs, roads, etc. It gets retained by the asphalt and then continues to heat the air it touches.

The massive iceberg that broke off the other day is just the beginning. 

Scientists seem reluctant to assign the cause of this particular event on global warming. (They're not dismissing the possibility either.)

https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2606/massive-iceberg-breaks-off-from-antarctica/

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Ahhh heat waves. Makes me chuckle in fear that the "weather people" in my area are always so happy to be breaking records. Ha, what a bunch of idiots.

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smithjapan:

"Pretty elementary science that even climate change deniers would debate"

I have not met a "climate change denier" yet, neither here nor elsewhere. Can you name one? I know many people who doubt the politicians slogan that they can change the world climate if we give more money to them... is that what you are talking about'? I have not met a "climate change denier" yet, neither here nor elsewhere. Can you name one? I know many people who doubt the politicians slogan that they can change the world climate if we give more money to them... is that what you are talking about'?

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I have not met a "climate change denier" yet, neither here nor elsewhere. Can you name one?

Donald Trump: The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

Trump again: Obama's talking about all of this with the global warming and...a lot of it's a hoax. It's a hoax. I mean, it's a money-making industry, OK? It's a hoax, a lot of it.

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I have not met a "climate change denier" yet, neither here nor elsewhere. Can you name one?

Climate change is undeniable. I say that because in the entire history of the world, the climate has changed constantly. Never for a single moment in history has the climate remained stable. Sea levels have varied by hundreds of feet, long before the industrial revolution. Arctic ice is currently 65% greater than it was during Roman times, and as glaciers in the Alps recede, they are uncovering mines dug by the Romans and their predecessors. This means that current ice levels and temperatures are certainly not "unprecedented."

As for records being broken Spain, have they really been broken? We really don't know because there is no standard for measurement. The temperatures published are not simply measurements taken from a thermometer. The thermometer temperatures are all subjected to a mathematical treatment to take into account the environmental conditions around the thermometer.

Historical temperature readings are also subjected to this treatment. In the first two IPCC reports, the 1930's were the hottest years in the previous century. But in the last two IPCC reports, temperatures from the 30's have been lowered, making the current temperatures look hotter, and making it possible for new records to be set. As the formulas for determining temperatures are constantly being changed, it is impossible for any record to be broken, because there is no steady baseline to determine what record is. You cannot set a record for running the mile when the distance of a mile is constantly being changed, or the standards for the clock measuring the time are constantly being changed. As someone once wrote "He who controls the present, controls the past, and he who controls the past, controls the future." The past temperature records are being re-written to make current temperatures look hotter, and these "hotter" current temperatures are being used as the basis to change the future economy.

If you look at raw data from America, and the world's airports, which are the most reliable, you find that temperatures have in fact remained very stable. And even if you ignore these, and take the readings from the IPCC at face value, they currently show 1.2 degrees of warming per century, which is a fraction of what IPCC computer models have predicted, and which are still within the limits of natural variability.

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43 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit)

Hate to say it nut in Japan the death toll would be in the scores.

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