Stories tagged "extreme heat"

August 12, 2019

Rising Heat and Humidity, a Lethal Combination

Daytime highs across much of the Southern United States have been breaking records this past week but a stifling combination of high heat and humidity is preventing nights from cooling off, creating dangerous heat situations in cities like Houston (also neighboring...

July 18, 2019

Most of U.S. Feeing the Heat; Dangerously Hot Days Are Increasing

The National Weather Service (NWS) warned that a “widespread and dangerous heat wave is building in the central and eastern U.S. this weekend – with more than a hundred fifty million people under heat watches and warnings, as the actual air temperature is...

June 11, 2019

Acting on Climate (Literally) Will Save Lives, It’s Science!

  According to a new study in the journal Science Advances, meeting the Paris Climate Agreement’s goals of keeping the rise of global average temperatures to 1.5° C could substantially mitigate heat-related mortality in U.S. cities. This new study is one of the...

June 7, 2019

Deadly Heat Wave Making Conditions Unlivable in India

A brutal heat wave that’s seen temperatures of 122° persist across much of India is in its second week with no signs of cooler conditions ahead. Officials have been pouring water on roads to prevent them from melting while Indians struggle to sleep and work in...

May 28, 2019

Extreme Heat Hits the Southeast over Memorial Day Weekend

Over the holiday weekend, parts of the Southeast United States experienced record high heat conditions with places like Jacksonville, FL hitting over 100° F and catching residents unprepared for sweltering summer conditions so early in the year. The National Weather...

April 2, 2019

Extreme heat in South Florida hurts the most vulnerable

South Florida is known for its heat (and not just the basketball team) but climate change is driving up average highs to a level that is threatening human life, especially for those people who live below the poverty line and face increased exposure to extreme heat. As...

February 13, 2019

How will climate change warm your city?

Each year extreme heat kills more Americans than any other extreme weather event and for many cities, the future means that average highs will only continue to rise.  As CNN reported, the past five years have already been the hottest on record for our planet, but new...

January 31, 2019

Climate change could be triggering heart defects in babies

It’s been known for some time that babies whose mothers are exposed to air pollution have a higher chance of being born with birth defects. However, new research has emerged showing that in addition to the risks from air pollution, mothers who are exposed to...

January 28, 2019

Australian heatwaves become a public health crisis

While a record-breaking cold snap is headed for parts of the Midwest, summer in Australia has brought dangerous heatwaves that are threatening people and wildlife. As NPR reported, Australia’s State Emergency Service declared the heat wave a threat to public...