(ORDO NEWS) — The UK, along with much of the planet, is suffering from deadly heat. It became so hot in the country that the runway of one of the military bases simply melted.
While weather forecasters are predicting almost forty degrees of heat for Ukraine, the UK is already reporting that thermometers have crossed the mark of 40.2 degrees Celsius.
Apparently, this is not the limit: +47 degrees were recorded in Portugal on July 14, Channel 24 writes with reference to the BBC.
According to the source, the planes had to change the route from the Brize Norton airbase near London, when the temperature in the region reached record highs.
An RAF spokesman told Sky News journalist Deboree Norton that “the runway has melted”. Planes use alternative airfields.
The problem, of course, concerns not only one air base. According to Sky News broadcasts, the worst situation in the capital region is London and the surrounding area.
Road crews are on standby as the asphalt turns into a “sticky and dangerous mush of bubbly liquid”.
Heat wave in the US: Texas power plants may shut down
Not all is well with energy supply in Texas, USA. The heat increases the demand for electricity, and this leads to the fact that power plants operate continuously, do not carry out repairs and maintenance, Bloomberg writes . When the temperature reaches 40 degrees, they reach the limit of their capabilities and fail.
The state authorities have already twice in the past three days asked the local population to save energy by limiting its consumption. This gave a certain result, but this is not enough to prevent breakdowns.
The situation has already affected cryptominers. As you know, Texas is called the “mecca of cryptocurrencies”, because local conditions allow you to get the maximum benefit. There is a large number of farms that mine bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies.
Futurism writes that they have voluntarily agreed to take a break from work and completely turn off all their equipment in order to reduce the load on the lines and save energy.
The global heat wave is probably partly caused by climate change, which in turn is a consequence of human activity.
Meteorological data show that rising temperatures have led to a catastrophic increase in the number of fires around the world, as well as droughts in some regions and devastating floods in others.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in a video message to the ministers of 40 countries, noted the need for immediate action.
“We have a choice. Collective action or collective suicide. It is in our hands,” the politician said.
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