A British weather report was paired with a ‘Don’t’ Look Up’ clip

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The U.Okay. has formally shattered its all-time high-temperature report within the warmth wave that is sweeping throughout Europe. On July 19, the Related Press reported that the U.Okay. Met Workplace climate company had registered a provisional studying of 40.3 C (104.5 F). The earlier report set in 2019 was 38.7 C (101.7 F), practically three levels cooler.

For context, regular excessive temps within the U.Okay. in July hover round 20 C (excessive 60s to low 70s F).

Everybody knew the warmth wave was coming. Within the week prior, social media was stuffed with ideas for staying cool—each real and joking—in addition to far too many feedback writing off Brits as wimps for not with the ability to deal with the warmth. As a British TikTok consumer defined throughout final yr’s warmth wave, the British Isles would not have the infrastructure for 90 or 100-degree temperatures. Their buildings are designed to retain warmth, not repel it. Air con is uncommon. Humidity makes the warmth much more oppressive. And folks merely aren’t bodily conditioned for it, accustomed as their our bodies are to reasonable temperatures.


Warmth waves are severe and harmful. Meteorologists warned that even this quick wave would result in deaths. Axios has reported that greater than 1,900 have died in Spain and Portugal from excessive warmth up to now couple of weeks. Now that the warmth has hit northern Europe, we’ll see the toll from there over the approaching weeks.

Local weather scientists have additionally warned us for years that unchecked local weather change would result in extra excessive climate occasions, reminiscent of extra frequent and extreme storms, wildfires, droughts and temperature fluctuations. Certain, there have been warmth waves up to now, however not as excessive as this and never breaking data as steadily as they’ve been in recent times.

Local weather change is already right here, we’re seeing the impression of it already and a few individuals are nonetheless in denial. Living proof: A startling trade on British tv between an anchor and a meteorologist.

Ben Phillips shared the section paired up with a well-known scene from “Do not Look Up” by which Jennifer Lawrence’s character is attempting to get the interviewers to know the gravity of what she was saying, solely to be met with a disturbingly light-hearted brush-off. The comparability is chilling. Watch:

Individuals responded with some predictable “We’re doomed” commentary, however actually we should always see this clip as a wake-up name. We have to perceive that there will be folks in positions of energy and affect who will try to downplay the seriousness of what we face as a planet, however that does not imply they may achieve convincing the plenty. If something, this clip completely demonstrates how local weather change denial is so clearly absurd as to be completely dismissible.

We’re not helpless right here. Now we have a voice and we’ve got a vote, and we have to use them to affect the folks in energy to take significant motion to mitigate local weather change. Simpler stated than accomplished, after all, however the various is as unthinkable because the meteor hurtling towards the earth in “Do not Look Up.” Solely in that case, options had been tougher to seek out than with local weather change. We all know what must be accomplished. We simply have to seek out the collective will to do it.

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