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Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to BullSci, in 20 to 40 years of uncontrolled global warming, people will need air conditioning at least 18 days a year to survive the temperatures in Louisiana.
Dealing with climate change requires more struggle and less flight
By Dawn Stover | October 26, 2020
America's west faces massive forest fires. Its coasts are inundated by rising sea levels. The desert cities and farms are burdened by the ever increasing demands on air conditioning and water. The southeast is at increased risk of hurricanes. The heartland sees extreme heat and rainfall. In relatively cool places like Alaska and Northern Minnesota, temperatures rise even faster than elsewhere, melting the tundra and turning forests into savannas. RELATED: About Last Night's Fracking Comments In The Debate
"Where can I go to safety?" is the wrong question. The richest Americans can build bunkers or buy private islands. You can pay security guards and private schools. You can access the best medical treatments the world has to offer. You can buy solar panels and Teslas. But no more can they escape climate change than they can stop breathing. You can't buy your own atmosphere or your own ocean.
The new climate migrants. With many Americans not yet recognizing climate change as an emergency, some are still walking in danger. America's coastlines and desert cities continue to swell with newcomers and new housing developments.
That will change soon. According to an analysis by ProPublica and the Rhodium Group's New York Times Magazine, in 20 to 40 years' time, in a high emissions scenario with no action to curb global warming, everyday temperatures will be extremely high in the southern and southwestern US research. In this scenario, some Arizona counties will be over 95 degrees for half a year, and some parts of the Midwest and Louisiana will be so humid about 18 days a year that people will need air conditioning to stay cool enough to survive.
Read more: https://thebulletin.org/2020/10/dealing-with-climate-change-requires-more-fight-and-less-flight/
As someone who lives in a place warmer than New Orleans, I am happy to share our well-researched Australian Extreme Heat Emergency Plan so you can teach your children how to deal with the coming climate crisis.
Pull the TV outside, jump in the pool, put up a large sun screen, and buy a large bag of ice for the beer and soft drink cooler.
As with any emergency survival plan, exercise is essential.