Too hot to think straight?
Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C
It is the temperature at which human cells start to cook, animals suffer and air conditioners overload power grids…
This article makes the argument that after a certain point on the thermometer scale, life is no longer uncomfortable or unbearable, but causes death.
There are several global, large-scale public events coming up when the termperature may be so hot that we notice. At Mecca during the Hajj in 2012, temperatures set a new record of 51.3C. That was in October. This year it will be in August, closer to the hottest month of July. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be in that city’s hottest months — July/August.
Australia suffered in their recent summer.
Australia's record heatwave: From fainting tennis players to dead fish
January is usually the hottest month in Australia, but the country is currently sweltering under a heatwave so severe…
We are at an impasse: we see what’s coming, know what’s causing it but struggle to act sufficiently and expeditously. The USA fights about a wall on its southern border. The UK squabbles endlessly about how to exit a club of nearby nations trying to be united. China and Russia seek global power. And through all this, the cities get hotter.
I live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This year the cool dry season is not cool, it’s hot. What to do? I’m not sure. Is this ‘aporia’ as the Greeks described?
Aagh! I want the modern life, but don’t want to be cooked.