Wednesday, December 07, 2022

too hot for the human species

It is not just Spain, as Italy and France are also experiencing this heat which is not on record. It’s not just southern Europe, as Britain has soared the mercury to a high of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, unknown even to Queen Elizabeth II, who was born in 1926. For lovers of the metric system it is 40 ° C. Operating out of Britain and the Commonwealth, and not visiting England at this time would be a powerful reason if it weren’t for the fact that the rest of the continent has also become a hot pot of seafood.

In fact, the entire planet is facing extreme heat waves that are not only damaging its socio-economic resources but also endangering human health. Endless periods of temperature and strong waves are already very close to the limit that our species can withstand, which did not evolve for it and will not be in the near future. It is true that there are organisms, almost all microbes, that can survive in a state of roasting, but this requires a metabolism (the cell’s kitchen) that is carefully adapted to support them. There are also people who tolerate heat more than others, but not to such extremes. The situation will not improve during the generations to come. Even if we end all CO₂ emissions tomorrow, which is not going to happen, the gases we have already emitted will continue to scorch the planet for centuries to come. Evolution will not help us bear it. Dear friends, we are very angry.

Hundreds of people have already died from heat stroke in Western Europe, and more will do so as the current wave of extreme temperatures persists. Contrary to common intuition, heat already kills more than cold, and this heat waves are distinguished not only by their exaggerated intensity, but also by their furious duration. The usual thing was before, after a few days of heat wave, the never valuable storm of the Azores entered us from the west, but this year it never comes.

Charming little home tricks of reducing blinds, closing windows during the day and opening them at night, and other tips from Dr. Franz of Copenhagen made smaller than charger cables. At 30 degrees a fan might do the trick, but at 40 degrees the only thing it does is throw jets of a hair dryer at your face. The only effective solution is air conditioning, but even modern energy-optimized appliances exacerbate the root of the problem — emissions from the energy company that sells you electricity — and your already not-so-fantastic checking accounts. destroys it. I hate the heat so much that I’d rather not eat than turn off the air, but I understand that not everyone has the same preferences.

loss climaceptics, or warming deniers, have spent decades rejoicing at distant dates about which scientists’ predictions speak. They know that the disaster of 2100 is not going to mobilize anyone. That logic has been killed for the sake of relics. The devastation is already here.

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