While heat waves in Europe, North America and Asia are primarily focused now on the toll they are taking on lives, with more than 200 deaths blamed on heat in Europe alone, it also is disrupting an already fragile supply chain.
In the United Kingdom, airports closed as the highest heat recorded in the country, topping 40° Celsius (104° Fahrenheit), damaged runways and halted some rail service because of damage to tracks from the heat and fires spread through the U.K., Spain, France and Portugal.
In China, CNN reports that factories are being asked to shut down to preserve energy needed in homes and medical facilities.
Our sister paper Urethanes Technology International notes that Chinese-language media reported that "several major chemical-producing provinces," including urethane production sites in Hangzhou, Shaoxing and Haining, have received power restriction notices.
In the U.S., the Texas energy grid has managed at this point to withstand the demand from 110° F days through voluntary reductions in use. Twice so far in July, the state's power system operations, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, has issued appeals to residents and businesses to conserve power because of peak demand from the heat.