The capital of Bolivia was recently hit by an unusually strong heat wave. In addition, unusually high levels of UV radiation have been recorded.
Radiation, which can usually only be measured on a scale of up to 20, has raised the level of radiation to 21, the news agency wrote. Reuters.
according to World Health Organization (WHO) Level 11 is classified as “extreme”. At such a high level, people should avoid direct sunlight.
The sun is not normal
– The sun is burning. The sun is not normal, Segundina Maman, a resident of La Paz, told the news agency.
She’s among about 1.6 million people living in the metropolitan area, who now have to stay in the shadows.
The city located in the Andes Mountains is considered the highest capital city in the world. At 3,640 meters above sea level, residents are especially exposed to minute levels of ultraviolet radiation. The record in the Andean regions is level 40 on the UV scale, but often encounters levels between 11 and 17.
– This is something that literally brings the city to a boil, says risk manager Juan Pablo Palma, who works for the local authorities.
Refers to climate change
Researchers point to changes in the rainy season as one of the main reasons for the intense radiation levels. This, in turn, may be due to climate change.
UN climate committees Latest Report It states that man-made climate change does indeed affect the weather. They point to an increased frequency of severe weather, including heat waves and severe droughts.
The researchers who produced the report are sure that many important agricultural areas will be affected by this. Including parts of Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia.
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