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Heat Wave
For a while now, I've been talking about environmental foreclosure -- what happens when climate change makes an area uninhabitable for whatever reason(s).  Take a look at the current heat wave; my view of Weatherbug shows 117F in southern California.  Compare that with other deadly heat waves and the maximum survivable temperature, and you get thermogeddon.

In the southwest, it's usually dry heat, which means the body can still cool itself by sweating -- but anything over 90F is risky for many people, and over 100F is damn dangerous.  117F can kill a lot of folks.  With climate change, heat waves are getting longer, hotter, and more frequent.  Eventually, parts of the southeast, where it's both hot and humid, will become uninhabitable.  In the west, the problem is water shortage combined with dry heat.

You can see climate change unfolding right in front of you if you know what to watch for.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: July 6th, 2018 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Humid heat can be more dangerous, if only because a person's sweat can no longer cool them off. (Sweat won't evaporate when the humidity is high.)
elenbarathi From: elenbarathi Date: July 7th, 2018 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
A trick people need to know if they don't have air conditioning: roll up a couple of damp bath towels and stick them in the refrigerator, so you can drape yourself in blessed coolness any time. When one warms up, put it back in the fridge and get the other one out. If you're somewhere with no refrigerator, such as a rented room, put the towels in a cooler with a bag of ice.
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