Dozens of sudden-death calls that Vancouver authorities have received this week are believed to be tied to the dangerous heatwave currently scorching Canada and pushing temperatures to record levels, an event experts say is a direct result of the human-caused climate emergency.\r\n\r\n\u0022We\u0026#039;re in a climate emergency that has never once been treated as an emergency.\u0022\r\n—Greta Thunberg\r\n\r\nOn Tuesday, the temperature hit 49.6°C (121°F) in Lytton, British Columbia, an all-time high and the third consecutive day that Canada heat has crushed records.\r\n\r\n\u0022Before this heatwave, the Canadian national heat record stood at 45°C. This record held since July 1937,\u0022 meteorologist Scott Duncan noted in a series of tweets. \u0022Along came 27 [June] and smashed this by a whopping +1.6°C. But we were not done here, the heatwave was just getting started. The very next day, temperatures soared to a staggering 47.9°C, destroying the new record. This did not last long though...\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022And here we are,\u0022 Duncan added. \u0022Almost 50°C at 50 degrees north. This is desert heat in Canada. We have never seen this level of heat this far north anywhere on Planet Earth until now.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPointing to the alarming new figures, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said that \u0022heat records are usually broken by tenths of a degree—not 4.6°C.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We\u0026#039;re in a climate emergency that has never once been treated as an emergency,\u0022 Thunberg added.\r\n\r\nAs the Washington Post reported, the record 121°F temperature in Lytton \u0022is more extreme than the all-time high in Las Vegas, 117, and higher than most places in the Lower 48 states outside the Desert Southwest.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022These are temperatures rarely found outside of Death Valley,\u0022 meteorologist Eric Holthaus said of Canada\u0026#039;s record heat. \u0022Only a handful of places in the world have ever been this hot.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Canada heatwave comes as large swaths of the United States—from the Pacific Northwest to the Northeast—are also experiencing devastating high temperatures. At least five deaths have been linked to the latest U.S. heatwave, which is melting power cables, cracking asphalt roads, and intensifying wildfires. More than 1,000 people in the Pacific Northwest have been hospitalized in recent days due to possible heat-related illness.\r\n\r\n\u0022The record-shattering extreme heat we\u0026#039;re experiencing is just the latest example of our climate crisis and how it\u0026#039;s impacting human health now,\u0022 Jeff Duchin, an officer for Public Health in Seattle and King County, Washington, said in a statement over the weekend. \u0022Climate change is a health emergency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is literally a matter of life and death.\u0022\r\n\r\nOn Tuesday, police in the Vancouver area said they have responded to 25 sudden-death calls in just a 24-hour period. As the Associated Press reported, the Vancouver police department \u0022asked the public to call 911 only for emergencies because heat-related deaths had depleted front-line resources and delayed response times.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Vancouver has never experienced heat like this, and sadly dozens of people are dying because of it,\u0022 Sgt. Steve Addison said in a statement. \u0022Our officers are stretched thin, but we\u0026#039;re still doing everything we can to keep people safe. The vast majority of these cases are related to the heat.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022I\u0026#039;ve been a police officer for 15 years,\u0022 he added, \u0022and I\u0026#039;ve never experienced the volume of sudden deaths that have come in in such a short period of time.\u0022\r\n\r\nAccording to CNN, \u0022More than 230 deaths have been reported in British Columbia since Friday as a historic heat wave brought record-high temperatures.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The coroner\u0026#039;s service normally receives about 130 death reports over a four-day period,\u0022 CNN noted. \u0022From Friday through Monday, at least 233 deaths were reported, the chief coroner said, adding \u0026#039;this number will increase as data continues to be updated.\u0026#039; Coroners are now gathering information to determine the cause and manner of deaths and whether heat played a role.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSimon Donner, a climate scientist in the University of British Columbia\u0026#039;s Department of Geography, told the Vancouver Sun that the heatwave currently gripping Canada is \u0022exactly the type of event that scientists for years have been saying are going to become more common because of putting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We know human activity burning fossil fuels is warming the planet, and as we warm the planet it makes extreme weather events like this more common,\u0022 said Donner. \u0022The key to the problem is the more we emit greenhouse gases the more the planet warms. That\u0026#039;s the basic equation.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022So this is not the new normal,\u0022 Donner added. \u0022Normal is going to keep changing until we stop emitting greenhouse gas emissions.\u0022\r\n\r\nUpdate: An earlier version of this story included a quote that misstated the date of the Canada heatwave. The error has been corrected.