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European heatwaves - a glimpse into the Global South's reality

Dry Earth Dam in Beerato, Somaliland.

As the world experiences more frequent and more intense heatwaves, Europe has become another area feeling the heat of the climate crisis. 

Teresa Anderson, ActionAid's Global Lead on Climate Justice, says:

"Europeans suffering in this week’s heat are getting a brief glimpse of the current reality for those on the front lines of the climate crisis. In much of the Global South, far more intense and longer-lasting heatwaves, droughts and crop failures are becoming the new normal, driving up hunger and poverty and particularly affecting the most vulnerable.

Unless governments speed up the transition from fossil fuels, the entire planet will heat up to much more dangerous levels. These sweltering temperatures need to light a fire under our sluggish policy makers’ bums, or else we are all cooked."