- Scientists say the world could soon get hotter than expected
- Global heat waves have resulted in deaths and wide hospital admissions
- Ghana has experienced its share of heat waves
The city of Accra together with other major cities have been hit with some heat waves over the past few days. This has seen instances of extremely sunny and hot days.
Ghana is not alone in this development as the hot weather in Europe has resulted in large-scale drought avid rush for swimming pools and cooler seas by hundreds who just cannot bear the blistering heat.
In Japan, for example, at least 80 people have died with thousands of hospitalized in what has been described as Japan's record-breaking heatwave since the beginning of the month.
So far, scientists have warned that the world could soon become a "hothouse" should global temperatures rise more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
This will result in high sea levels, drought and fires that could make some areas on Earth, including Africa, uninhabitable.
"Human emissions of greenhouse gas are not the sole determinant of temperature on Earth. Our study suggests that human-induced global warming of 2°C may trigger other Earth system processes, often called 'feedbacks,' that can drive further warming -- even if we stop emitting greenhouse gases," lead author Will Steffen of the Australian National University stated.
Many scientists argue that we have entered a new geological era, the Anthropocene, in which human activity is directly affecting the planet.
Global average temperatures are today around 1°C higher than in the pre-industrial age, and rising at 0.17°C per decade, according to a joint press release from the authors' institutions.
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