By Isaac Ryu

During the past weeks, North America has experienced one of the hottest heat waves in history. Oregon, a state that has cooler temperatures compared to California for example, has experienced record highs in temperature.

British Columbia, a province in Canada has seen an increase in daily deaths which have been directly attributed to the dramatic rise in temperature according to CNN.

As people struggle to stay cool, they turn to buying fans, air conditioner units and other sources to provide any sort of relief. But what happens when there is an increase in use of appliances? The demand for electricity increases. Alongside  historic heat waves, communities have been experiencing mass power outages.

The increased demand for electricity has put a strain on power grids causing them to overwork and malfunction. This results in power failures which leaves communities without power therefore making the problem worse.

Companies that own power grids are attempting to cool the power supply machines with additional cooling units but that in itself requires more electricity.

Even the power plants and power sources that rely on water are being affected by the heat. Water from larger bodies of water have slowly been evaporating and limiting the effectiveness of dams for example.

Experts have attributed the extreme high temperatures to climate change. As of now, the environmental future of Earth is at stake as scientists and environmentalists struggle to catch up with the exponential decay of natural systems.