This summer was a particularly bad one for France, according to Newsweek, with a record-setting heat wave leaving a path of devastation in its wake.
According to French authorities, the record heat — which some scientists are attributing to climate change — accounted for more than 1,500 deaths, roughly 1,000 more than usual over the summer.
Record Heat Waves
This summer is considered to be one of the hottest on record in many countries.
Temperatures hit highs of around 107 degrees Fahrenheit in Germany, and the Netherlands’ hottest day of the summer was roughly 105 degrees.
Belgium saw temperatures soaring above 104, with all of these countries reaching record highs on several days throughout the summer.
European scientists did a study this summer and concluded that the reason for the record-setting heat wave was man-made climate change.
Was it Really Climate Change?
Not to disrespect the findings of the study, but there is some information that would at the very least, make one question the results of those conclusions.
For instance, in 2003, France suffered through 15,000 deaths during the summer, 10 times more than this summer. Even though temperatures were above 108 at times this year, the previous record was around 105, reached in 1947.
Something else to consider is that roughly half of those that died over the summer were at least 75 years of age or older.
Now, how many of these people had existing health problems that would have been made worse even by normal summer temperatures?
How many of these people did not have air conditioning? Could it possibly be that it was just a randomly hot summer, just as France had in 1947 and not climate change?
We can’t say for sure that climate change isn’t happening, but it stands to reason that scientists need to do a better job of explaining how this summer’s temperatures are a direct effect of that when heat records recently broken are almost a century old.