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Greenpeace warns of ‘dangerous temperatures’ for Tokyo, Beijing

Greenpeace warns of ‘dangerous temperatures’ for Tokyo, Beijing

Study shows hot weather is starting earlier and that more frequent heat waves are likely.

Scorching temperatures are becoming much more frequent in cities across East Asia, an analysis from Greenpeace East Asia has found, with the environmental group warning that the early arrival of hot weather could have severe effects on people’s lives, as well as agriculture.

Researchers analysed temperature data for 57 cities across mainland China, Korea and Japan and found that hot weather was arriving earlier in the year in more than 80 percent of the cities studied.

“Over the past two weeks we have seen multiple Olympic athletes collapse due to heat stroke. Earlier this summer, extreme temperatures in Guangdong, China forced factories to shut down, and in Korea hundreds of thousands of livestock were reported dead due to heatwaves,” said Greenpeace East Asia climate urgency project manager Mikyoung Kim.

Greenpeace, which released its findings on Thursday, said the extreme heat events were “not a fluke” and were consistent with the region’s changing climate.

“Dangerous temperatures will only become more frequent unless governments switch from polluting fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources, including wind and solar,” Kim said.

Effects of extreme heat were seen elsewhere in the world in recent days, with forest fires ravaging Turkey, Greece and other parts of southern Europe and engulfing residential areas.

A study published last week found an “unprecedented surge” in climate-related disasters, including record-shattering heatwaves and wildfires in Australia and the United States. The scientists warned that several tipping points on climate change are now imminent.

The latest Greenpeace study covered 28 cities in China, 21 in Japan and eight in Korea.

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