July 24, 2006


No.. not talking about the song, Heatwave, written by brothers Brian and Edward Holland and originally performed by Martha & The Vandellas, with a 1975 remake by Linda Ronstadt reaching #5 on the Top 40 charts.

Musical trivia aside, this is a very serious topic and one that concerns me a lot. I keep a compilation of articles on the subject at my post on Global Warming & The Environment but thought I'll blog separately about the recent heatwave in the US (affecting people from California to St. Louis to Boston, not to mention deaths due to hottest temperatures in a decade in always-hot Phoenix; and not to forget the heatwave that is killing many in Europe, with temperature records being broken in many countries), I think 2006 looks set to break the hottest-year records set last year (see 2005 Recap below). (Reuters analyzes - Is the heatwave in Europe and the United States due to climate change? Well....all I can say is that scientists have predicted this based on modeling of emissions and other human-related causes.)

Emissions double heatwave risk 1 Dec 04

Update: Indeed..
enroute to another record breaking hot year! The first Half of 2006 is indeed the warmest on record for the United States.

Firstly, here are some tips on how to deal with a heatwave

Coping with a heatwave
Red Cross - Heatwave
Arizona Heatwave Website
State of Florida - Guide to beating the Heat
National Weather Service Heat Index Tabl

Heat Index Map
High Temp Map

Also read: Dying Alone, An interview with Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago ... about the 1995 heat wave in Chicago which killed atleast 600 people.

The Union of Concerned Scientists of USA (ucsusa) have spoken vociferously about this issue... but little is being done as the Bush administration continues its practice* of dissing global warming as an unproven theory...
Global average surface temperatures pushed 2005 into a virtual tie with 1998 as the hottest year on record. For people living in the Northern Hemisphere—most of the world's population—2005 was the hottest year on record since 1880, the earliest year for which reliable instrumental records were available worldwide. The year 2005 exceeded previous global annual average temperatures despite having weak El Niño conditions at the beginning of the year and normal conditions for the rest of the year.

Because most global warming emissions remain in the atmosphere for decades or centuries, the energy choices we make today greatly influence the climate our children and grandchildren inherit. We have the technology to increase energy efficiency, significantly reduce these emissions from our energy and land use, and secure a high quality of life for future generations. We must act now to avoid dangerous consequences.
Also at the ucsusa link,

World Temperatures Keep Rising With a Hot 2005

2005 warmest on record in north
The global increase is 0.48 Celsius, making 2005 the second warmest year on record behind 1998, though the 1998 figure was inflated by strong El Nino conditions.
Mercury rising 27 Oct 05
Carbon dioxide continues its rise 31 Mar 05

My blogpost compilation on the subject is at -
Global Warming & The Environment

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