Europe feels the heat. Source: THE GZERO NEWSLETTER SIGNAL

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Europe feels the heat

European leaders are worried about storing enough energy to keep houses warm next winter, but many on the continent currently wish their houses were cooler amid this summer’s drastic heatwave.

For the first time, temperatures are expected to exceed 40 C (104 F) in England this week, and the government is urging Brits to work from home.

Meanwhile, firefighters are battling wildfires amid extreme temperatures in France, Greece, Portugal, and Spain.

More than 1,000 people have died on the Iberian Peninsula, with temperatures having topped 47 C in Portugal last week, and the death toll is expected to rise across Europe.

In France, experts are predicting a “heat apocalypse,” and environmental scientists warning that these summer heatwaves will soon become the norm, not the exception.

In a bid to make progress in fighting climate change, leaders from 40 countries, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres, met in Berlin on Monday for the 12th Petersberg Climate Change conference. The main focus of discussions was rebuilding trust between developed and developing countries ahead of this November’s COP27 climate summit in Egypt.

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