How The Greenhouse Effect is Changing Tradition

After watching NASA’s video about 2014 breaking the record for the hottest year (before 2015 broke that record shortly after) I immediately thought about my last summer spent back home in Rome, Italy. In Italy, every year on August 15th, we have a holiday called Ferragosto, where everyone takes an entire week off of work to go to the beach due to the increasingly warm weather. Ferragosto has been tradition since Before Christ and something most, if not all, Italians participate in.

Due to the increasingly warm weather, however, most people left work for the beach an entire week before the actual date of Ferragosto. In Rome, air conditioning is not common, so I remember it being way too hot to do anything except go to the pool. It is interesting that climate change and the greenhouse effect is starting to also affect things like tradition, even internationally!

The picture above is from August 2015, when the heat was so prominent, it ruined Ferragosto!
The picture above is from August 2015, when the heat was so prominent, it ruined Ferragosto!

Europe is the warmest it's been since Roman times: Tree rings show how temperatures are the highest in 2,000 years Scientists studied tree rings and historical documents to make the claim They said findings reinforce claims that global warming is man-made Study warns we may have underestimated the full extent of extreme events See full news coverage on the latest evidence of climate change By Russ Swan For Mailonline Published: 19:04 EST, 28 January 2016 | Updated: 13:44 EST, 29 January 2016

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