Endless summer? Climate crisis could lengthen hottest temperatures by 6 months

By EcoWatch - March 12, 2021

Longer summers would increase the risk of wildfires. 

Six months of summer may sound like a school child’s fantasy, but it could be a very real, and very serious, impact of the climate crisis.

study published in Geophysical Research Letters last month found that summer in the Northern Hemisphere could last nearly six months by 2100 if nothing is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And this could spell “increased risks to humanity,” the study authors warned.

“A hotter and longer summer will suffer more frequent and intensified high-temperature events – heatwaves and wildfires,” Congwen Zhu of the State Key Laboratory of Severe Weather and Institute of Climate System at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, who was not involved with the study, said in an American Geophysical Union (AGU) press release.


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Longer summers ‘a consequence of climate change’
Sky News Australia
2 min, 35 sec
Mar 1, 2020

The Australia Institute’s Climate and Energy Director Richie Merzian says Australia is experiencing longer summers as a “consequence of climate change”. New research from the Australia Institute found summer temperatures were experienced for an average of 31 days longer between 1999 and 2018 when compared to the 1950s. Mr Merzian told Sky News a longer summer would have “a number of impacts across many different sectors”. “If you are your 70s and 80s, the summers you experienced in your childhood are no more,” he said. “All these things added up are just part of the picture for what climate change looks like.”

Tags: Climate Change, Global WArming