Bats Struggling to Cope With Extreme Heat

Bats Struggling to Cope With Extreme Heat

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the world warms, it’s not just people who are feeling the heat. Bats are also susceptible to extreme heat, and overheated bat boxes can be “a death trap,” the Guardian reports. In the wild, bats move between rock and tree crevices in search of a perfectly moderated temperature. […]

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Heat-Related Death Spike in Arizona

Heat-Related Death Spike in Arizona

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The number of heat-related deaths in Arizona spiked last year, a dangerous combination resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the hottest summer on record. State officials suggest that in 2020, at least 494 people died of heat-related complications, a marked increase from the previous record of 283 heat-related deaths […]

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Europe Just Experienced Its Hottest October on Record

Europe Just Experienced Its Hottest October on Record

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Last month was the hottest October in Europe in history. It’s part of the ongoing warming trend brought about by climate change. As Bloomberg reported, Siberia, Alaska, and parts of the South America and African continents also experienced heatwaves last month.  “This October did not bring a surprising record, […]

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Heat Wave Broils Southern Half of the Country

Heat Wave Broils Southern Half of the Country

We told you earlier this month that Phoenix had broken its record for the most days of 110 degrees or higher — and they just keep wracking them up.  The city has now had 50 days when the temperature reached 110 degrees or more, shattering the old record of 33.  And now the Gulf states are also experiencing record hot temps this week.

Why This Matters:  Heat waves in the summer in the south and southwest seem like par for the course.  But they are actually getting worse and are more deadly than other severe weather.

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California Hit With Record Highs, Unprecedented Humidity, Rolling Thunderstorms, and Wildfires

California Hit With Record Highs, Unprecedented Humidity, Rolling Thunderstorms, and Wildfires

On Friday, Weather West’s Daniel Swain warned that the state of California was in for over a week of very intense and prolonged heatwave that would likely be “one of the most significant widespread California extreme heat events in the past decade, if not longer.” Swain’s predictions came true as record-breaking heat, humidity, and even […]

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As Arizona Senate Race Heats Up, Will Climate Change Be on the Agenda?

As Arizona Senate Race Heats Up, Will Climate Change Be on the Agenda?

Arizona’s Senate race is one of the most pivotal races for Democrats this fall–already $9.3 million has been spent on ads in the state. The party hopes that this is the election that flips Arizona blue as incumbent Martha McSally (R) who was appointed to serve out the rest of the late Senator John McCain’s […]

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