Due to the abnormal heat in the United States, more than a hundred people have died or are in serious condition. The authorities are trying to figure out how to mitigate the deadly effects of global warming. Bloomberg writes about it.
In the state of Oregon, at least 83 people died, in the state of Washington - 112. Deaths in the rest of the US states are not reported, but there are known victims in Canada, where about 600 people died.
In late July, the US Congress took action to combat extreme heat. Among other things, they provide for the allocation of $ 100 million for the development of local projects designed to alleviate the consequences of the anomaly.
On June 28, 2021, in Portland, Oregon, the thermometer rose to a record 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.6 degrees Celsius). The abnormal heat melted roads and experienced power outages. Across the state, at least 83 people died when temperatures hit 118 degrees Fahrenheit (47.7 degrees Celsius). At least 33 more people are under medical supervision.
In a recent report by UN experts on climate change, it is noted that the last decade was the hottest in 125 thousand years. On July 27, Oregon authorities issued a report on the effects of the abnormal weather and recommended monitoring the condition of people at risk - those who live alone or without air conditioning, as well as providing free buses to refrigeration centers.
Temperatures rise especially strongly in cities. In concrete-covered areas with few trees, it can be 20 degrees Fahrenheit (6.6 degrees Celsius) higher than in rural areas. In Washington state, the June heat was the deadliest natural event in its history, with at least 112 deaths, surpassing the previous record for weather deaths, when an avalanche killed 96 in 1910.
Heat is expected to increase globally, even in cooler regions. Ireland experienced an unusually intense heat this summer. Recently in Greece, where fires are raging now, temperatures reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). On July 23, Athens appointed a head of the Heat and Power Division, the first of its kind in Europe.