There’s alarming signs Earth may be in worse shape than ever before

Updated 1046 GMT (1846 HKT) August 5, 2018

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(CNN)Deadly fires have scorched swaths of the Northern Hemisphere this summer, from California to Arctic Sweden and down to Greece on the sunny Mediterranean. Drought in Europe has turned verdant land barren, while people in Japan and Korea are dying from record-breaking heat.

2018 is on pace to be the 4th-hottest year on record2018 is on pace to be the 4th-hottest year on recordA house is caught up in the Carr fire in Redding, California, on July 27.A house is caught up in the Carr fire in Redding, California, on July 27.

    Grim report card for planet ranks 2017 one of hottest years in recorded historyGrim report card for planet ranks 2017 one of hottest years in recorded history

      People walk through flooded roads in Houston, Texas, on August 27, 2017 as Hurricane Harvey hit the city.People walk through flooded roads in Houston, Texas, on August 27, 2017 as Hurricane Harvey hit the city.“It’s about the pattern — if an extreme event happens once or twice, it’s just a coincidence, but three, five, 12, 22 times, seeing record-setting events, seeing 1,000-year event after 1,000-year event happen frequently, people begin to see that larger pattern, that climate change is actually affecting the weather today. And that’s a new concept for many Americans.”

          Cars are blocked after a wildfire caused a road closure in Kineta in  Greece on July 23.Cars are blocked after a wildfire caused a road closure in Kineta in  Greece on July 23.Deadly heat waves becoming more common due to climate changeDeadly heat waves becoming more common due to climate change

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