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written by Alexis McCarthy How does climate change affect heat waves?

  • extreme heat begins earlier and lasts longer

  • heat waves are longer stronger and more frequent

  • more people exposed to dangerous heat

  • boomers experienced 4 heat waves in their lives

  • current generations will experience 18 in their lives

How do these heat waves affect us?

  • directly impact our health, especially the most vulnerable

  • increases the use of air conditioning which

  • increases chances of black outs

  • increases warming, if fueled by fossil fuels

  • maladaptation: increasing the gap between the ac haves and have nots


  • increases risk of large wildfires which increases air pollution, along with other hazards that come with fires

  • reduces crop production

  • exacerbates drought risk and increases risk of water shortages

  • increases the risk of violence

(Thank you, Texas based climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe for the work, the supporting research and the need to communicate this widely. For her thread click here.) https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-heat-waves https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-16970-7 https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abi7339 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-is-heat-dome-extreme-temperatures-pacific-northwest/ https://health2016.globalchange.gov/temperature-related-death-and-illness https://t.co/Nr9NyLDC89 https://t.co/MWS7RaadmG https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1701762114 https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/12877/climate-stabilization-targets-emissions-concentrations-and-impacts-over-decades-to https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FYDPHR_WQAEd1Wg?format=jpg&name=large https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1422945112 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969718324446 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry/article/relationship-between-daily-suicide-counts-and-temperature-in-england-and-wales/C74E68D2E180CEADAB7101219DCCB86F https://t.co/9LBuSC6a36 read-listen-feel learn-understand engage-communicate-act change is difficult and worth it the time is now

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