A group of scientists is worried about the effect that the growing heat wave will have on the growing population of domestic dogs.
“It’s really worrying to us because dogs have always been around,” said Professor Richard West, a climate scientist at the University of Melbourne.
“We know they are resilient to drought, we know they do well in heat, but we don’t know how we are going to deal with the impact of this weather if they are going out in the heatwaves.”
The heatwave that is likely to hit the US, Europe and Canada in the coming weeks is expected to be the most extreme since record keeping began in 1979.
The latest heatwave is expected from mid-November to mid-February, and experts say that the average temperature for the month is expected be around 42 degrees.
This will be higher than the hottest temperature recorded on record in the UK last summer.
For most of the UK, this is expected with temperatures set to be above 41 degrees.
But for some regions the heatwave will be hotter than this, with the Midlands expected to see up to 40 degrees.
Professor West said that there are three main reasons for the high heatwave.
First, the extreme heat will lead to more extreme rainfall events.
“If we get a couple of months with very heavy rain, that will increase the number of people that are in severe risk, and this will lead people to be evacuated from the area,” he said.
“So that’s going to be a huge amount of people.”
Professor West and his colleagues at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Melbourne, Australia, also believe that warmer temperatures are making the region’s lakes and rivers more acidic.
“It means the lake beds are getting more acidic, so you are getting fewer fish and less algae that are making it more difficult for the algae to thrive,” he explained.
Second, there are concerns about the increase in CO2 levels in the atmosphere, which has led to more global warming in the last decade.
“We think the increase will lead us to an increase in temperature,” Professor West said.
“That will lead, of course, to more acidification, which means the acid in the water is going to get more concentrated.”
“This is what is making it harder for us to understand how climate change is affecting animals.”
Professor Weston said that as the global temperatures rise, the amount of CO2 in the air will increase.
“There is a lot more of it in the environment than there was 20 years ago,” he told ABC News.
“You have more CO2 and that is what we are seeing in the Arctic, where there is an increasing amount of carbon in the ocean, and so the Arctic has been the worst affected by climate change.”
“The oceans are being eaten up by more carbon dioxide.”‘”
There is more of a danger of the whole system turning into a feedback loop’Professor Weston is concerned about the impact that rising CO2 will have in the future.””
The oceans are being eaten up by more carbon dioxide.”‘
There is more of a danger of the whole system turning into a feedback loop’Professor Weston is concerned about the impact that rising CO2 will have in the future.
“I don’t think the problem we are having is a global problem, because the world is getting warmer, and there is more carbon in our atmosphere and in the oceans, and the carbon dioxide is getting absorbed by the oceans and getting into the atmosphere and warming the atmosphere,” he added.
So if the system keeps going this way, then in 20 years time we will be at sea level.” “
All the feedbacks are now becoming amplified.
So if the system keeps going this way, then in 20 years time we will be at sea level.”
‘We need to look at the food chain’Professor West told ABC Radio National that the world had to be very careful about what it is eating.
“The main thing we need to be looking at is the food chains,” he argued.
We need a very strong food security, which is the best we can hope for.
If you eat more meat, you will not have a lot of meat in the ground.
And that will have a knock-on effect in terms of the environment, because meat is the most efficient way of storing CO2.
“If you go to a butcher and you have a pork chop and you put the chop in the pot, that’s the carbon footprint.
If you put a tomato in the tomato, that is the carbon emissions,” he continued.
What do you think?