Saturday, June 22, 2024

Extreme heat’s impact on health


As I write this, the Adirondacks are in the midst of a heat wave that reached across much of the East. Extreme heat is becoming more common, scientists say, as countries continue to release heat-trapping greenhouse gases through fossil fuel production.

Although the park is usually a cooler clime than the rest of the state, a heat dome is intensifying conditions in specific regions. Some of the park is under a Category 4 alert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which indicates a rare or long-duration extreme heat event. (See above.)

I spoke with experts in the medical and environmental fields to find protection strategies from the heat in an area where people are used to getting by without air conditioning. Click here to learn more, including what heat illness symptoms to watch for.

This is an excerpt from Chloe’s weekly “Climate Matters” newsletter. To get the full scoop delivered weekly to your inbox, Click here to sign up

Photo at top: Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Chloe Bennett is a climate change reporter based in Lake Placid, NY. Originally from North Texas, Chloe has always been drawn to the natural world. In 2022, she graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she focused on environmental reporting and audio production. She grew a deep appreciation for the Adirondack Park while interning for the Explorer in the summer of 2022.

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