Gustavo Bernal Torres
"Melting" Runways: Another Sign We're Not Ready For Climate Change
The record-shattering heat plaguing the U.K. this week is wreaking havoc on local airports, as high temperatures damage runways that weren't built to withstand the sweltering conditions.
These airports' struggles are yet another example of infrastructure failing to keep up with our rapidly changing climate reality. Plus, many European airports were in logistical shambles even before the mercury started rising, and heat-related issues stand to further muck up the works.
Heat has been a problem at U.S. airports too. Vice President Kamala Harris' Air Force Two, for example, was delayed for nearly two hours at Chicago Midway last month due to temperature-related tarmac problems, per White House pool reporters.