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World now sees twice as many days over 50C - BBC News

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The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis has found.

They also now happen in more areas of the world than before.

The total number of days above 50C (122F) has increased in each decade since 1980.

"The increase can be 100% attributed to the burning of fossil fuels," says Dr Friederike Otto, associate director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.

BBC Life at 50C investigates how extreme heat is affecting lives across the world.


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One thing about third-world nations, no matter what resources are found the poor do not profit, only suffer.

Author — gambit

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Humanity is screwed, and it's really scary.

Author — Waxani ma cagahaygii baa?

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When you don't see bumblebees or bees in the summer season any longer, know that nature is suffering!

Author — Original Unoriginal

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It wasn’t just that Canada hit 49C. It was that combined with near 100% humidity.

Author — Rangetech G7

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I'm a 42 year old Norwegian, and I have never seen such a summer as we have had this year. Personally I don't mind though, because we still get lots of rain, being trapped by the mid-country mountain plateaus, and I can't afford any vacation to "warm countries", so it's been just what I need to survive another dark, Scandinavian winter TBH. We haven't had many days above 30 though, I think. That's a very rare event, only a few days each late summers, but of course one have to be blind, willingly ignorant, to not see that things are changing around the world.

Author — Elvenkind

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could literally use all that flaring to produce electricity and improve peoples lives.

Author — Zachary Lee

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34°c feels like burning scorching hellfire, 50°c my goodness! Stifling and suffocating. I'm pretty damn sure, forest conflagrations also contribute to global warming. September has been hottest month here with temperature hitting 34°c every day with the sun beating down like hellfire and the minute morning breaks, agony sets in with physical discomfort, body irritation, the night, however, brings relief

Author — Who? Moi?

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GOD CHOSE THE MIDDLE EAST AS THE HOLY LAND, NOW HE PUNISHES THE PEOPLE THERE FOR NOT EMBRACING JESUS

Author — Henry Jasons

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Interesting!! I can fry eggs just by placing them outside ☺️

Author — MajorFPS

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We're toast and we did this to ourselves.

Author — CarFreeHumanist

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In Germany we had a VERY cold summer and yesterday 4 Degrees Celsius!!

Author — Tobias Fourie

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Look at the bright side: We won’t have to abide this world much longer.

Author — Semyon Budyonny

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I live in America and I really appreciate how BBC gives straight forward news.

Author — E C

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I hope that the British helped those people instead of just filming them.

Author — Ryan Smith

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If you think Earth has a "normal" temperature, you don't deserve to breed. May the naturally occurring minor increase in temperature ruin your reproductive hardware.

Author — Rheumattica

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Maybe earth will not be habitable soon.. we’re all going to perish from the face of this earth because we fail to appreciate this beautiful planet…

Author — Hamidah Ahmad

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Well it’s no surprise we’ve been heading in this direction for quite some time. You reap what you sow and we are long overdue for some dire consequences.

Author — Grime 2.0

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This is "Capitalism" at its finest

Author — V_Zlfkr

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Triple the rate since the 1980s, that is just a horribly fast uptick in extreme hot weather days. I hope soon this is paired with a piece of how someone is doing something it help counteract this. Those people need a props too.

Author — MiraInazuma

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The fact that the U.S and other first world countries are the main culprits and yet poorer countries have to face the harshest consequences is what really does it for me

Author — Angie