The heatwave that has recently swept the US has put 100 million Americans under heat warnings; caused power cuts in California where temperatures in places such as Palm Springs approached 50C (122F); and resulted in deaths from New York to the Mexican border, where people smugglers abandoned their clients in the desert. Further north, in Canada, more than 70 people perished in the Montreal area after a record burst of heat.

Record temperatures raise wrenching questions about the future viability of cities such as Phoenix, where taking a midday jog or doing a spot of gardening can pose a deadly risk. Climate change is spurring increasingly punishing heatwaves that are projected to cause tens of thousands of deaths in major US cities in the coming decades.

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5 thoughts on “‘It can’t get much hotter … can it?’ How heat became a national US problem

  1. If this continues we may not have to worry about trump getting re elected, because we’ll all be gone…

    I see humanity as a vast experiment in evolution that has started to go awry. Some predisposition to self destruction built in,
    to ensure a chance for new species to develop or older ones to advance. Or simply to let the earth heal over tens of thousands of years to get back to its pristine position before man. Maybe it’s the way of nature.

    And I know we could have done much to reverse this in the past and keep it from ever happening, but we didn’t…greed, religion, blind stupidity and willfulness, but that is built in as well..

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    • Indeed. We humans may be the ultimate victims of our own success as a species. Our combination of aggression and technology brought us to this point in time, and it might also bring us down. How ironic.

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