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Heat-related deaths in Maricopa County have nearly doubled compared to last year, report finds

Summer isn’t close to over yet, but heat-related deaths in Phoenix, Arizona have doubled from their rate over the same period last year, according to a new report by the Maricopa County medical examiner. As burning fossil fuels worsens climate change, the largest metropolises in the American Southwest are predicted to keep suffering from record-breaking heat waves....

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Heat dome that killed 61 in Mexico headed toward Southwest, bringing triple-digit temperatures

More than 17 million people risk exposure to dangerous temperatures thanks to a “heat dome” that has emerged in the western United States. Such a dome occurs when hot ocean air becomes trapped, forming something almost like a lid or cap that keeps temperatures broiling. Already this heat wave has been directly responsible for at least 61 deaths in Mexico, causing major power outages and killing at least 150 monkeys....

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This summer could be even hotter than last year, climate scientists warn

Marine scientist Sharon Gray lives on a catamaran off the Florida west coast. Even though her state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, recently signed a controversial law that effectively wipes references to climate change out of the state’s statutes, Gray deeply worries about global heating. As the cyclical La Niña weather pattern in the Pacific combines with rising sea surface temperatures (SST), Gray predicts a “devastating” hurricane will occur in summer 2024....

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“Record-shattering” heat wave in Antarctica — yep, climate change is the culprit

As climate change continues to increase global temperatures, scientists are focusing on the most sparsely populated continent in the world: Antarctica. The largely frozen southern continent has immense amounts of land ice that is gradually melting, causing sea levels to rise all over the world. A recent study revealed the so-called “doomsday” glacier, actually called Thwaites Glacier, began to lose large amounts of ice in the 1940s and is still melting today....

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Unsanitary and deadly: The Great Stink of 1858 may foreshadow our future climate breakdown

As Summer 2023 continues to shatter heat records, climate change experts are talking about a “new abnormal.” Studies indicate that ecosystems are likely to rapidly collapse as extreme weather events caused by these heatwaves pile up, one on top of the other. Sky high temperatures are rendering cities like Phoenix, Arizona into borderline uninhabitable heat domes....

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