The air conditioning trap

Excerpt from The Guardian, Aug 29, 2019 by Stephen Buranyi air conditioners are almost uniquely power-hungry appliances: a small unit cooling a single room, on average, consumes more power than running four fridges, while a central unit cooling an average house uses more power than 15. “Last year in Beijing, during a heatwave, 50% of the power capacity was going …

‘Once it starts getting very hot at night, people without air conditioning are going to be at serious risk if they can’t cool down properly.’

How US cities are scrambling to protect people from extreme heat Sweltering citiesCities With cities facing both rapid growth and radical, permanent climate change, urban authorities are faced with an increasingly vulnerable populationCities is supported byAbout this content Oliver Milman in New York, Emily Holden in Washington DC, Tom Dart in Houston Tue 20 Aug 2019 On a sweltering summer day in Washington, DC, Judy …

Cooling goo sidewalks and other strange new weapons in the war on urban heat

“Originally, we thought this was about reducing air conditioning usage and the associated carbon emissions. But it’s really becoming more about public health,” said Spotts. Sweltering cities: Los Angeles faces a doubling of its extreme heat days but has fresh ideas to keep residents cool – and tackle the inequality of who suffers Susie Cagle in Los Angeles, Aug 21, 2019 …

Heat Deaths Jump in Southwest United States, Puzzling Officials. Other Heat Deaths in Hurricane’s Wake

By Christopher Flavelle and Nadja Popovich, Aug. 26, 2019, NYTimes.com WASHINGTON — Heat-related deaths have increased sharply since 2014 in Nevada and Arizona, raising concerns that the hottest parts of the country are struggling to protect their most vulnerable residents from global warming. In Arizona, the annual number of deaths attributed to heat exposure more than tripled, from 76 deaths in 2014 to …

Innovations To Combat Hot Cities With Natural Air-Conditioning

Aug 26, 2019 Natalie Parletta, Forbes, Science, Sustainable solutions and innovation With temperatures soaring around the globe, people who live in urban jungles – thick with concrete rather than trees – are feeling the heat even more. Climate Central warns that the compounded impact of climate change on cities is set to seriously jeopardise people’s health and put pressure on energy resources …

Heat and health – Summer 2019

How to calculate the heat index-which is a combination of temperature and relative humidity https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat-index if you live in the southwest or other areas where humidity is not high then you may not hear heat index much reported in the media here is one reference to the Saudi heat index world record of 178 https://www.chicagotribune.com/weather/ct-wea-asktom-0809-20180808-column.html what is crucial is that …

Each degree of warming causes way more fire than the previous degree of warming did: California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change. Current emissions path would wipe out forests.

“Each degree of warming causes way more fire than the previous degree of warming did. And that’s a really big deal,” Park Williams, a climate scientist at Columbia University and an author of the paper, told me. Every additional increment in heat in the environment speeds up evaporation, dries out soil, and parches trees and vegetation, turning them into ready …

With Poorest and Laborers Bearing the Brunt, Report Warns Searing Temperatures of Global Heating Could Cost World Economy $2.4 Trillion by 2030

July 02, 2019 by Common Dreams “Disadvantaged and vulnerable population groups and communities,” UN labor experts say, “are at greater risk of suffering the adverse consequences of rising temperatures.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer  6 Comments Migrant workers harvest corn on Uesugi Farms in Gilroy, California on Aug. 28, 2013. (Photo: Bob Nichols/USDA/Flickr/cc) A new United Nations analysis warns that by 2030, labor impacts …