Deadly Heat Wave Causes Biden To Consider Declaring Climate Emergency

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Heat Advisories and Warnings Are in Place for 100 Million Americans – The New York Times

Biden will deliver a speech reiterating his commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade. The White House has not decided whether to invoke a national climate emergency at this time.

Some climate activists have urged the White House to declare a climate emergency to limit oil exports and boost renewable energy sources.

Heat alerts are in effect for parts of the country, including New York City, Philadelphia and Boston. The heat index will also be high, making it feel like 100 degrees.

The heat wave comes as President Joe Biden was expected to announce new funding for communities facing extreme heat and steps to boost the offshore wind industry.

South-central US has seen brutal temperatures for the past few days, including 115 degree high in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The Austin area has reached 100 degrees on 38 out of the last 44 days, according to the National Weather Service. The heat is putting a strain on air conditioning units.

Oklahoma’s extreme heat and drought is causing water line breaks, wildfires and rural water system outages, according to a state spokesperson. Little Rock, Arkansas, recorded its 10th day this year with temperatures of at least 100 degrees on Tuesday.

Local governments are hiring chief heat officers to help navigate the response to longer stretches of excessive heat.

David Hondula, director of the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation for Phoenix, suggested keeping an eye on community members who may not have access to regular shelter.

Heat affects everyone by limiting the body’s ability to cool down, and high humidity levels only further limit that ability. This leads to heat-related illnesses including heat cramps, a heat rash, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

The CDC warns that extreme heat is a real threat to the health of outdoor workers, pregnant women, people with heart or lung conditions, young children, older adults and athletes.

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