Climate lockdowns starting in China

Several cities in China are on red alert on Monday due to the heat wave hitting the country, where tens of millions of people have been told to stay at home.

Extreme heat waves, sometimes deadly, have affected different places on the planet in recent months, such as Western Europe in July and India in March-April.

According to scientists, climate change has made heat waves more frequent, a phenomenon that should increase with the expected rise in temperatures in the coming years.

China is no exception: while Shanghai recently broke a 149-year-old heat record, with 40.9°C, this weekend in the provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian (east) the mercury exceeded 41° C, breaking a historic record in two cities in these provinces.

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The population in areas on red alert – mainly in the south-east and north-west of the country – are instructed to “cease all outdoor activity” and “pay particular attention to the prevention of fires”, announced the national weather service.




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