Getting hot in more ways than one
A comment from Ed on the previous post prompted me to look for news reports on the heat wave. Apparently US weather is getting global attention: China View reports Heat wave kills 49 in Southeast, Midwest, U.S..
BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhuanet)—Two more persons in Memphis, Tennessee, were killed by the two-week heat wave, bringing the number of heat wave victims in Southeast and Midwest of the United Sates to at least 49, according to media reports Monday.
In Memphis, Tennessee, the heat-related death toll in nine days has reached to 12. Most victims were elderly and living in homes without air-conditioning…
I would love to think this is an isolated weather event and not a climate trend – because honestly the latter thought frightens me. But there’s this report from Phoenix:
Average number of 110+ degree days at Phoenix Sky Harbor per year by decade:
If this trend continues – and it sure ain’t slowing down – it’s going to do us a lot more damage than any terrorist organization ever could. It’s past time for half-hearted measures; we need change NOW and it’s got to come from individuals, from governments, and from corporations.
I don’t know if it’s a hopeful sign, or a warning, that even conservatives are finally catching on. Maybe I’ll believe it when I see people moving closer to work, driving less hoggy cars, bicycling, recycling aluminum (which saves a butt-load of energy), etc. And – oh yeah – voting for candidates who take the environment seriously.