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India heatwave


Rescuers in Gujarat state are rescuing dozens of birds that have become stranded due to the scorching heatwave.

Rescuers in India’s western Gujarat state are picking up dozens of exhausted and dehydrated birds dropping every day as a scorching heatwave dries out water sources in the state’s biggest city, veterinary doctors and animal rescuers say.

Large swathes of South Asia are being dried up in the hottest summerIn decades, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned of rising fire risk.

Ahmedabad, Jivdaya Charitable Trust managed an animal hospital. Doctors said they had treated thousands of birds in the past few weeks. They also added that rescuers bring dozens high flying birds like pigeons or kitses daily.

India heatwave
After the parakeet became dehydrated due to heat in Ahmedabad, India, a caretaker provides water and multivitamins. [Amit Dave/Reuters]

“This year has been one of the worst in recent times. We have seen a 10 percent increase in the number of birds that need rescuing,” said Manoj Bhavsar, who works closely with the trust and has been rescuing birds for more than a decade.

The trust-run hospital’s animal doctors were seen feeding birds multivitamin tablets and injecting water into their bodies with syringes Wednesday.

Gujarat Health officials have advised hospitals to establish special wards to treat heat stroke and other heat related diseases. Temperatures rising.

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After a cat has been dehydrated from heat at the Jivdaya Charitable Trust rehabilitation center in Ahmedabad (India), vets give a saline drip. [Amit Dave/Reuters]

Heatwaves are caused by climate change

All heatwaves today bear the unmistakable mark of global warming, according to top experts on quantifying the impacts of global warming. Climate ChangeOn Wednesday, extreme weather was declared.

They explained in a state of science report that the destruction of forests and burning fossil fuels has resulted in enough greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere to increase the frequency and intensity many floods, droughts and tropical storms.

“There is no doubt that climate change is a huge game changer when it comes to extreme heat,” Friederike Otto, a scientist at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute, told AFP news agency.

Extreme heat spells, such as the one that swept South Asia in March/April, are already the most dangerous extreme events, she stated.

“Every heatwave in the world is now made stronger and more likely to happen because of human-caused climate change,” Otto and co-author Ben Clarke of the University of Oxford said in the report, presented as a briefing paper for the news media.


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