Jaunty coverage of sweltering bank holiday weather not linking to global heating trend
In what is fast becoming a British summer ritual, the record holiday heat this week has prompted reams of cheerful forecasts and sunny headlines but far too few reminders that the climate crisis has made record-breaking a norm, according to experts.
The latest record was the 33.2C (91.8F) at Heathrow, which was five degrees higher than the hottest temperature previously registered in Britain on an August bank holiday Monday.
Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, forest destruction and other human activities are trapping heat and putting more energy into the climate system.
The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world. Instead of “climate change”, the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming”.