Comment 66764

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 21, 2011 at 23:59:05

It's not just a matter of direct burns. Every extra degree means more risk to the vulnerable. This heatwave has killed over a dozen people so far in the US, but it could be a lot worse. Years back (2003/4?), a heatwave in Europe killed tens of thousands (mostly seniors).

I ventured out today - partly to find some air conditioning (my house wasn't habitable by noon), and partly to witness the carnage. Just before I got home, I took a good look at a tree growing out of the side of a parking lot and imagined, for a second, what today would have been like without the greenspace we do have. In this kind of heat, every tree is an oasis.

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