The phrase, coined by climate analyst Erika Spanger-Siegfried, is meant to draw attention to how climate change has supercharged summertime threats. A “heat dome” over France, Germany, Spain, and Britain — which scientists said would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change — led to an estimated 20,000 deaths.
Heat pumps use less energy than traditional heaters because they use electricity to move heat instead of creating it. Though installing them can be expensive, the average homeowner could save almost $1,000 on utility bills each year (and prevent four tons of carbon pollution) by switching from a fuel oil furnace.
Climate change is gaining a reputation for driving up prices for all sorts of things. The price of food rose about 10 percent in the U.S. this year, one of the highest rates in decades. Climate change played a bigger role than many people realize, with searing heat and other extreme weather hurting crops and livestock around the globe, from Europe and China to the U.S.