According to an article in the National Post, 2018 is shaping up globally to be the fourth hottest year on record. The only years hotter were the three previous ones. Temperatures are rising and there is no clear idea of when they are going to stop.
The article states, “The disruptions to everyday life have been far-reaching and devastating. In California, firefighters are racing to control what has become the largest fire in state history. Harvests of staple grains like wheat and corn are expected to dip this year, in some cases sharply, in countries as different as Sweden and El Salvador. In Europe, nuclear power plants have had to shut down because the river water that cools the reactors was too warm. Heat waves on four continents have brought electricity grids crashing.”