(CNN)It was just last week that Canada's British Columbia finally ended its state of emergency, more than two months after wildfires tore through parts of the province and reduced an entire village and its surroundings to ash.
In Canada and Germany, the climate crisis is finally on the ballot. But can it win?
It wasn't a random, unfortunate disaster. Scientists said the heatwave that supercharged the fires was "virtually impossible" without the greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere -- now at the highest concentration in more than 800,000 years -- put there by humans driving, flying, working and eating, and all the other things we humans do that rely on fossil fuels.
The climate crisis has been a lingering concern for voters for a long time, though it's often overshadowed by other issues that feel more immediate, like unemployment rates, taxes and health care.
Climate change rarely makes or breaks an election. But the tide appears to be turning.
Canadians, who go to the polls on Monday, are among several nations casting votes on the heels of record-smashing, often deadly extreme weather this summer, boosted by climate change. Hundreds of people died in the US and Canada and dozens others in the Mediterranean from heat and fires, while flash floods killed more than 220 people in Germany and Belgium, and more than 300 in China.
In the run-up to Canada's parliamentary vote, the climate crisis has featured heavily in campaign activities, media coverage and debates. It was the same story in Norway, which voted last Monday, and in Germany, which will hold its elections on September 26.
Finally, the climate crisis is on the ballot.
"Clearly, climate change was something that a lot of Canadians were experiencing or have experienced in ways that perhaps they hadn't before," Shane Gunster, an associate professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, told CNN.
"For the first time, you actually have all of the major parties in the Canadian election that have at least a serious climate plan to propose."
Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, said that globally, the climate crisis was increasing in importance among voters as an election issue. There are three good reasons why.
"One is just simply that the science itself has gotten ever stronger and more frightening, frankly," he said.
A state-of-the-science report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published in August as fires raged and floods engulfed communities across the Northern Hemisphere. The report called humans' role in the crisis "unequivocal," and warned that climate change was happening faster than previously thought.
Global temperatures are already around 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Scientists say the planet should stay below 1.5 degrees to avoid even more frequent extreme weather and relatively unknown climate tipping points.
"Another critical thing that's been happening is that media coverage has both increased