Essay by Eric Worrall
h/t M; Cold is a far greater threat to the health of we hairless tropical apes than warmth – but MSM journalists who admit this obvious truth are few and far between.
Arguable – If you Can’t Take the Heat
Monday July 25, 2022
I hate hot weather. I’ve always hated hot weather. I’m quite sure that I always will hate hot weather. One of my children lives in Texas, and I have been monitoring with horror the heat wave that has sent temperatures in his city above 100 degrees every day for the last two weeks. It has been just as bad in much of Europe , where triple-digit temperatures have scorched England, France, and Spain. Then again, things aren’t much better in Boston, where the thermometer on Sunday afternoon officially reached 100 degrees.
But there are two silver linings. One is that heat predictions for the United States are somewhat less dire than for other regions of the planet. The federal government’s latest National Climate Assessment points out that while the frequency of intense hot spells experienced by Americans since the 1960s has been increasing, we are still well below the records set nearly a century ago. “Heat wave magnitude reached a maximum in the 1930s,” the report says. “The Dust Bowl era of the 1930s remains the peak period for extreme heat.”
The other silver lining is considerably more encouraging: The decrease in extreme cold is saving many more lives than the increase in heat waves is costing. Worldwide, cold weather kills far more people than hot weather. A study published last summer in The Lancet found that between 2000 and 2019, there were nearly 5.1 million deaths caused by extreme temperatures. About 500,000 of those deaths were heat-related, while nearly 4.6 million were cold-related.
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Jeff Jacoby at Arguable then goes on to point out how modern air conditioners help people cope with weather extremes, warm or cold.
But air conditioners only help if you can afford to run them.
In a world where energy is becoming increasingly unaffordable, thanks to clumsy green political intervention in our energy markets, large numbers of vulnerable people are being needlessly exposed to conditions which could harm their health.
via Watts Up With That?
July 26, 2022