This year's hot temps are part of a slow warming trend on a planet where far more people die from cold than from heat, and where we need fossil fuels to protect us from both.
This is a great summary of some key points. In measuring temperature, it all depends upon your starting point. Over Earth's human lifetime, we have seen many severe surges in cooling and heat. Even with today's modest level of likely anthropogenic warming, we're still lucky to be in a temperate sweet spot overall.
The other observation that really jumps out is how the media (e.g. Lancet) manipulates statistics to try to create a distorted picture of reality. This is the same Lancet that botched COVID coverage. And it calls itself a science journal?
Alex - Excuse me if you have addressed this before but since you discuss heat versus cold related deaths and fossil fuel implications is there a reason you make no mention of deaths due to the particulate emissions from fossil fuel use. One recent study is mentioned here "Fossil fuel air pollution responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide" https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/c-change/news/fossil-fuel-air-pollution-responsible-for-1-in-5-deaths-worldwide/