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Extreme heat and COVID-19 make for a dangerous climate mix

From the start, the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed America's social and economic inequality in stark relief, with people of color, the elderly and people with chronic health issues being impacted the hardest. But another invisible threat looms.

Alaskans experiencing fires, little rain and drought conditions

Anchorage - In one Alaska village, officials are barging in jugs of water and shutting off the public water supply 12 hours each day. In another, automatic flush toilets have been switched to manual flushing, and restaurants are serving meals on paper plates.

Heatwave in Japan kills 57 in one week with 18,000 hospitalized

Tokyo - Fifty-seven people died due to heat-related medical issues in Japan over the week starting July 29, the government said Tuesday, with the number of those taken to hospitals more than tripling from the previous week's 5,664 to 18,347.

Days of extreme heat to become weeks as climate gets hotter

Nearly every part of the U.S. will face a dramatic increase in extremely hot days by mid-century, even if some action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If nothing is done to rein in climate change, the impact will be worse.

Bill introduced in Congress to have OSHA develop heat standard

A House of Representatives bill introduced Wednesday - would direct the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt a standard to prevent occupational exposure to excessive heat in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Australia's summer was hottest on record, with more to come

Australia has endured its hottest summer ever, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), breaking the previous record set six years ago. Forecasts show the southern autumn will continue to be drier and warmer than normal.

Temperatures in the Arctic Circle hits 90° Fahrenheit this week

The Arctic Circle — the realm of polar bears, caribou and dwindling sea ice at the top of the world — hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees Celsius, this week.

Growing Ferguson fire forces evacuation of Yosemite National Park

El Portal - Yosemite National Park has been evacuated as firefighters desperately attempt to control enormous wildfires in a heatwave which has seen temperatures soar to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

At least 8 people have died from heatwave in U.S. and Canada

Six people died in Montreal, Canada over the Canada Day long weekend, while in the U.S., two people died as an intense heat wave gripped large parts of North America.

Four dead as extreme heat grips American Southwest

Dangerously high temperatures have gripped California and the Southwest region of the country this week, bringing some of the hottest temperatures of the year. The heat has been blamed for four deaths and the cancellation of airline flights.

Near 120 degree temperatures ground some flights in Arizona

Phoenix - Quite a number of regional flights out of Phoenix on Tuesday were grounded, as extreme heat, which is expected to last into the weekend, kept some planes on the runway.

Northern Calif. wildfire burns through town, torching 175 homes

Lower Lake - Entire streets of the small community of Lower Lake, California, once filled with homes and businesses, have been reduced to a smoking rubble after a fast-moving wildfire roared through the town 90 miles north of San Francisco on Sunday.

Millions in U.S. facing dangerous heat and humidity by 2050

The dog days of summer across the U.S. have brought us some of the hottest days we have seen so far this year. And when those high temperatures are combined with high levels of humidity, most people opt for a cool drink and the A/C.

Southwestern U.S. records four deaths as heatwave becomes lethal

Summer's advent was a scorcher today for over 30 million people living in the southwestern part of the U.S. and the National Weather Service is forecasting more life-threatening extreme heat to continue for several more days.

Human exodus expected as parts of Middle East and Africa heat up

Parts of the Middle East and North Africa, home to 500 million people, could become uninhabitable by the middle of this century, forcing one of the world's largest human migrations to take place.

Green Thumbs Up: Key beer ingredient threatened by climate change

Beer-lovers will tell you the key ingredient in beer is hops. But climate change is becoming a threat to the production of this important ingredient, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Global temperatures in May 10th warmest on record

Washington - The planet’s warming trend continued in May, with records showing combined global land and ocean surface temperature almost one degree warmer than the 20th century average, making it the 10th warmest May on record.

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By the end of the century  Oregon  Washington  and Idaho could well have more days above 95°F each ...
By the end of the century, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho could well have more days above 95°F each year than there are currently in Texas; babies being born right now in the Southwest could see nearly four additional months of days over 95°F within their lifetimes.
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Harlow and Maverick are sister and brother yellow labs living in Southern California. During a heat ...
Harlow and Maverick are sister and brother yellow labs living in Southern California. During a heat wave last year, the two figured what better way to cool off than to take a dip in a cold jacuzzi.
Katie Albright Miller
Frank Dancevic of Canada receives medical attention during his men s singles match against Benoit Pa...
Frank Dancevic of Canada receives medical attention during his men's singles match against Benoit Paire of France at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 14, 2014
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