High temperatures have been recorded in parts of China, Europe, Africa, and the US this summer. According to the EU’s Copernicus environmental program, the drought that Europe has been experiencing this summer may be the worst the continent has seen in 500 years. Meanwhile, China’s biggest river, the Yangtze, has shrunk as a result of too much heat and a lack of rainfall. But in addition to eight notices about the drought in July, the Chinese government also issued 13,000 warnings of heavy rain. In eastern Ethiopia, northern Kenya, and Somalia, the UN has warned that 22 million people may be in danger of going hungry because of drought conditions. Due to years of drier and hotter weather, high temperatures are now common in the western US. The dry, hot weather this summer also contributed to a drop in water storage levels and forest fires in a number of states.