Climate & Environment

John Gibbons: The heat is on, but our response to climate change remains muted

The year saw heat waves precipitously close to the limits of human tolerance and calamitous flooding, yet political and social reaction continues to be lukewarm

Record temperatures across the globe in 2022 led to a spate of forest fires. Picture: Getty

It is likely that 2022 will be remembered as another year of living dangerously, as climate destabilisation moved ever closer to home and, in the process, became impossible to ignore.

The summer of 2022 was the hottest in at least 500 years in Europe, the hottest on instrumental record in China, and the second hottest across both Asia and North America. Britain recorded its highest-ever temperatures, with the mercury touching 40.3°C in mid-July. This led ...