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  • In B.C.'s lower mainland the air is thick.

  • A heat dome trapping smog and spiking temperatures pushing people to find ways to cool down.

  • Ice water.

  • Can you say it a little louder buddy?

  • Say eat ice cream.

  • As almost everyone across the west finds ways to beat the heat new research by Environment and Climate Change Canada is revealing how much influence climate change had on a mid-June heat wave in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada pushing temperatures in some areas into the upper 30s.

  • Our finding was that an event like this was made at least two to ten times more likely by human-caused climate change.

  • Experts say the new rapid research reinforces how burning fossil fuels over decades has powered extreme heat and drives home the need to build defences.

  • You have to have infrastructure that can deal with these levels of heat which before you might have said okay it's such a rare case that we don't really need to include that in our risk planning.

  • It's never this bad.

  • We've never experienced anything in the 40s in Vancouver.

  • Research following B.C.'s heat dome in 2021 that killed hundreds found climate change could eventually make extreme events like it far more frequent.

  • These changes are not random circumstance.

  • These changes are because of a well-understood scientific phenomenon that is going to continue to impact our lives.

  • And as relief comes to Canadians out west by mid-week

  • Environment Canada says it expects to study just how much climate change influenced this heat wave as well.

  • Anand Ram, CBC News, Toronto.

In B.C.'s lower mainland the air is thick.

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