Extreme Heat: The New Normal?
What is the science behind recent heatwaves and how will we adapt to living with extreme heat?
In many parts of the world this has been a season of extreme heat. Records have been broken from North America to Europe, from the Middle East to Japan and Korea. We know the climate is changing, and that many of the reasons are man-made. International commitments to limit the average rise in global temperature - to less than two degrees above pre-industrial levels - demand concerted action around the world. Chris Morris and a panel of expert guests discuss the science behind extreme heat. What are the political solutions and the new technologies that may be able to help us? And even if we can mitigate against extreme temperatures, are heatwaves going to become the new normal?
(Photo: Cameroonian Girl sweating and drinking water from a green jerry can. Credit: Getty Images)
Joanna Haigh - Co-Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London
James Murray - Editor of the website, BusinessGreen
Nick Loris - Economist at the Heritage Foundation, Washington DC
Liu Shuang - Director of the Low Carbon Economic Growth Programme at Energy Foundation China
Matt McGrath - BBC Environment Correspondent
Prem Shankar Jha - Author of 'Dawn of the Solar Age: an end to global warming and fear'
Jainey Bavishi - New York Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
Nicky Chambers - CEO of Origen Power