Somini Sengupta: This summer of fire and swelter looks a lot like the future that scientists have been warning about in the era of climate change, and it’s revealing in real time how unprepared much of the world remains for life on a hotter planet. Scientists point out that with significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and changes to the way we live — things like reducing food waste, for example — warming can be slowed enough to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
BBC News, Matt McGrath: Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come. Even if countries succeed in meeting their CO2 targets, we could still lurch on to this "irreversible pathway". Their study shows it could happen if global temperatures rise by 2C. NOTE: A search of the Internet documents that there have been many very large urban and wildfires throughout history, before the large scale use of fossil fuels.
Katharina Bochsler on Swiss Radio and Television, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF): Zahlreiche Studien kochen das Konfliktpotential der Erderwärmung hoch. Sie prophezeien gewaltsame Konflikte und grosse Völkerwanderungen. Doch wissenschaftlich sind die meisten dieser Studien nicht haltbar.
BBC News:Cape Town faces the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to run out of drinking water. However, the plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about - water scarcity. One of the very important functions of the sun is to evaporate ocean water, desalinize it and move it over land where the fresh water falls as rain or snow. When weather patterns change shortages of water can develop. This has happened throughout history. The Romans took charge of water supply for their cities by building aqueducts. Today, nuclear power, solar or wind could be used to desalinate ocean water for water supply in arid countries. Nuclear powered ships could become mobile desalinization stations to meet temporary needs.