NYC advises residents to stay INSIDE and Boston declares emergency as ‘heat dome’ settles


A brutal ‘heat dome’ is set to fry the US on Wednesday as scorching temperatures rocket above triple figures in multiple states.

‘Dangerous’ rays will blast more than 265million people across the country as the mercury soars to up to 118F in some parts.

A staggering third of America has been issued with excessive heat warnings, with Boston declaring an emergency and New York City urging residents to stay inside for their own safety.

It comes as temperatures started to rise over the last few days that caused people to faint of heat exhaustion, flee from sharks circling beaches further northwards due to the warmer seas and battle raging wildfires.

A UPS delivery driver was recorded on a doorbell camera passing out as he tried to post a parcel amid extreme heat in Arizona.

Meanwhile there have been multiple sightings of sharks lurking off the coast of Long Island, with five attacks taking place in the past few weeks shutting down multiple beaches.

And a horrifying new report this week found 130 homeless people were killing in scorching temperatures in Phoenix last year.

NEW YORK: Locals in New York flocked to Rockaway Beach yesterday to soak up the sunshine on the East Coast with temperatures set to hit 97F today

NEW YORK: Locals in New York flocked to Rockaway Beach yesterday to soak up the sunshine on the East Coast with temperatures set to hit 97F today

TEXAS: Construction workers took a break in the shade from working on pipes in San Antonio, Texas, where temperatures will reach triple figures

TEXAS: Construction workers took a break in the shade from working on pipes in San Antonio, Texas, where temperatures will reach triple figures

NEW YORK: Officials have shut down several popular beaches because of a rise in shark sightings as high up as Long Island

NEW YORK: Officials have shut down several popular beaches because of a rise in shark sightings as high up as Long Island

Tourists soaked in the sunshine as they looked at the World War II memorial in Washington DC today

Tourists soaked in the sunshine as they looked at the World War II memorial in Washington DC today

Heat index levels: What are the risks?

Caution: 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit

Fatigue possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity 

Extreme caution: 90 to 103 degrees 

Heat stroke, heat cramps, or heat exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity 

Danger: 103 to 124 degrees

Heat cramps or heat exhaustion likely, and heat stroke possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity 

Extreme danger: 125 degrees or higher

Heat stroke highly likely

Source: Weather.gov

Michelle Wu, Boston’s Mayor, declared the emergency and has launched dozens of cooling centers across the city to help protect locals.

The National Weather Service has also issued a heat advisory until 8pm tonight in Boston, with the heat index forecast to soar past 100 degrees.

Meanwhile Jackie Bray, commissioner of New York’s homeland security and emergency services division, has urged residents to stay indoors rather than risk the ‘dangerous’ heatwave.

She pushed for the move so locals can avoid ‘dangerous conditions that can lead to heat stress and illness’.

New York will reach 97F, while Death Valley in California is set to reach a scorching 118F and  Las Vegas estimated to soar to at least 113F today.

New York City could also be facing the longest heatwave in nearly a decade, with seven straight days of temperature above 90F, which last happened in 2013.

If the scorching conditions last eight consecutive days it would be one of the ten hottest in history, with the record of 12 days being set in 1953.

The Big Apple’s energy company, Con Edison, is also advising residents to limit their energy use to avoid blackouts.

Workers in the city are claiming that their air conditioning has been shut off because of the ‘mandatory demand response’.

At least one-third of the US population has been issued with heat advisories and excessive heat warnings and roughly 265 million people will see temperatures above 90 degrees in the coming days.

A ‘heat dome’ covering the country is largely due to a persistent region of high pressure trapping heat over an area.

Temperatures in the United States are set to exceed triple figures across the nation with the southern states being hit hardest

Temperatures in the United States are set to exceed triple figures across the nation with the southern states being hit hardest

TEXAS: Families in Houston, Texas, were quick to cool off in swimming pools yesterday after the state was issued with an excessive heat warning by the National Weather Service

TEXAS: Families in Houston, Texas, were quick to cool off in swimming pools yesterday after the state was issued with an excessive heat warning by the National Weather Service

Jackie Bray, commissioner of New York's homeland security and emergency services division, has urged residents to stay indoors rather than risk the 'dangerous' heatwave

Jackie Bray, commissioner of New York’s homeland security and emergency services division, has urged residents to stay indoors rather than risk the ‘dangerous’ heatwave

NEW YORK: New Yorkers sunbathed in Washington Square Park yesterday, laying down their towels as they enjoyed the scorching sunshine

NEW YORK: New Yorkers sunbathed in Washington Square Park yesterday, laying down their towels as they enjoyed the scorching sunshine

NEW YORK: High temperatures across the nation are largely due to a persistent region of high pressure trapping heat over an area, called a 'heat dome'

NEW YORK: High temperatures across the nation are largely due to a persistent region of high pressure trapping heat over an area, called a ‘heat dome’

TEXAS: Children were quick to cool down in water jets in Houston, Texas, with other states setting up cooling stations to allow residents to access water and shade

TEXAS: Children were quick to cool down in water jets in Houston, Texas, with other states setting up cooling stations to allow residents to access water and shade

TEXAS: At least one third of the US population has been issued with head advisories and excessive heat warnings and roughly 265 million people will see temperatures above 90F

TEXAS: At least one third of the US population has been issued with head advisories and excessive heat warnings and roughly 265 million people will see temperatures above 90F

NEW YORK: Scorching temperature are expected to last until at least Friday, with meteorologists warning that above average highs will be 'dominating' the country

NEW YORK: Scorching temperature are expected to last until at least Friday, with meteorologists warning that above average highs will be ‘dominating’ the country

TEXAS: Workers put neon rims on their hard hats with neck covers in an attempt to keep cool in the burning San Antonio sun today

TEXAS: Workers put neon rims on their hard hats with neck covers in an attempt to keep cool in the burning San Antonio sun today

Officials have also shut down several popular beaches because of a rise in shark sightings as high up as Long Island, with five attacks taking place in the past few weeks.

A new study has warned that climate change is intensifying, with a research team finding that nearly one in three of all species will disappear or be threatened by 2100.

This is mainly due to biodiversity loss, which is a result of production and consumption, human population and climate change.

In Arizona UPS drivers today slammed the company after a horrified resident released footage of his delivery driver collapsing in the extreme heat.

The doorbell video, shared by Brian Enriquez from Scottsdale, shows the man leaning over to deliver the parcel before falling and slumping to the ground.

He lies there for a few moments before standing up, ringing the doorbell, and then ‘staggering away’, as temperatures reached 110F in Phoenix.

Enriquez told KPNX News in Mesa: ‘I was concerned for the fact that he was stumbling to the door. ‘Had I gotten to my phone sooner, I could have talked to him through my Ring, but he had already left the property at that point.

The homeowner called the police to see if they could help, with UPS confirming that the driver had not been seriously injured.

UPS said: ‘UPS drivers are trained to work outdoors and for the effects of hot weather. Our employee used his training to be aware of his situation and contact his manager for assistance, who immediately provided assistance.

‘Our package delivery vehicles make frequent stops, making air conditioning ineffective.’

A UPS driver told ABC News their vans do not have air conditioning due to frequent stops, adding that drivers are ‘dropping like flies’ in the heat. 

A worker put his waterproof gear on and donned a hat as he battled the rising temperatures at the National Mall in Washington DC

A worker put his waterproof gear on and donned a hat as he battled the rising temperatures at the National Mall in Washington DC

TEXAS: Texas is continuing to face drought conditions amid the excessive heat. Emily Buss, 16, left is seen here reaching for an umbrella to put on the lifeguard stand at the Allen Bolden Outdoor Pool

TEXAS: Texas is continuing to face drought conditions amid the excessive heat. Emily Buss, 16, left is seen here reaching for an umbrella to put on the lifeguard stand at the Allen Bolden Outdoor Pool

NEW YORK: A couple took advantage of the heat to go for a paddle on Central Park Lake before posing for a picture

NEW YORK: A couple took advantage of the heat to go for a paddle on Central Park Lake before posing for a picture

BOSTON: Children did not seem to mind the looming heatwave as they played in a water fountain in Boston, Massachusetts

BOSTON: Children did not seem to mind the looming heatwave as they played in a water fountain in Boston, Massachusetts 

NEW YORK: Women tried to cool off in the excessive heat wearing bikinis to lay on the grass in Central Park

NEW YORK: Women tried to cool off in the excessive heat wearing bikinis to lay on the grass in Central Park

A surge of wildfires has been breaking out in North America as temperatures continue to soar 

United-States

California – Yosemite National Park

Fire erupted on July 8 in part of California’s Yosemite National Park, home of some of the largest and oldest giant sequoia trees in the world. Flames consumed 3,772 acres according to a report by InciWeb, a U.S. interagency all-risk incident information management system, as per July 13.

None of Yosemite’s landmark sequoias had been lost as of July 11. read more

Arizona

The so-called Pipeline Fire, which erupted on April 17, in the Coconino National Forest, the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and the Lack Bill Park, north Flagstaff city, in Arizona.

The fire burned more than 20,000 acres and prompted the mandatory evacuation order of more than 2,100 homes. read more

New Mexico

The merger between the Hermits Peak Fire in the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains in San Miguel County, and the Calf Canyon Fire, in the east of Santa Fe, constitutes the New Mexico’s largest blaze to date. Each fire started on April 6 and April 19, respectively, and burned 341,735 acres as of July 15, according to a report by Santa Fe National Forest Services. The flames are now contained at 93%.

California – Big Sur

The rare winter blaze, dubbed the Colorado Fire, burned 1,050 acres south of Monterey and just north of the area known as Big Sur in California, from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24. It forced about 500 people under evacuation orders and shut a major highway. read more

Canada

British Colombia 

A blaze broke out on July 14 near the village of Lytton, in British Columbia. It is the most significant wildfire in the province so far this year, according to BC Wildfire Service.

The day after the fire broke out, nearly 2,000 acres were burned. Local authorities issued evacuation orders to 24 property owners close to the fire, while residents of several First Nation reserves were told to flee the area

Credit: Reuters

He claimed that when a drivers suffers from heat exhaustion then they are sent home with no treatment and if they do seek medical care it is up to them.

They added: ‘The fact of the matter is that no amount of training can prepare your body for 160 degrees, 10 to 12 hours a day, six days a week.

‘Every week drivers are dropping like flies due to heat conditions and UPS is killing drivers because of this.’

Maricopa county, where Scottsdale is located, reported 339 heat-related deaths in 2021, a record number of such fatalities.

Of the hundreds of people who died as a result of the heat, at least 130 homeless people were killed in the scorching temperatures.

Experts have said that if they had died in any other way it would be considered a ‘mass casualty event’, with many on the streets being forced to sleep in stifling tents before being moved on by cops.

About two-thirds of the heat associated deaths in greater Phoenix so far this year involved people who were outdoors, according to the latest statistics from the Maricopa County Department of Health.

The heat associated deaths from the first half are far above those seen in the county during the same period in past years.

There were 11 such fatalities in the first six months of 2021 with 107 more under investigation; four during that period in 2020 with another 48 under investigation; and three in 2019 with another 27 under investigation.

Excessive heat causes more weather-related deaths in the United States than hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes combined, with around half of the 1,500 heat-related deaths a year estimated to be those who are homeless. 

Meteorologist Domenica Davis of the Weather Channel warned that the southern plains will be worst hit by the sweltering heat, but above average temperature will be ‘dominating’ the country.

She expects temperatures to be up between five to 15 degrees, adding that there is a ‘potential for record breakers’ as many cities will hit higher than 100F.

Excessive heat warnings are also in place until 10pm this evening across San Joaquin Valley, lower Sierra foothills, and the Kern River Valley.

The National Weather Service has also issued the warning across parts of Texas, including Dallas and Fort Worth.

Northern Louisiana, Eastern Texas, Memphis, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma are also covered by the excessive warning.

New Jersey, Delaware, parts of New York and Philadelphia have also been issued with a heat advisory – while other parts of the country have been put on a fire weather watch.

Little Rock, Arkansas, recorded temperatures of at least 100F for the tenth day this year on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service warned that today will be ‘another brutal day’, with rising temperatures.

Wildfires have broken out across the country leaving waves of devastation in their wake, with the largest blaze breaking out in Texas.

On Tuesday the Chalk Mountain Fire blackened 6,000 acres, and was only ten per cent contained after breaking out Monday afternoon.

Crews using bulldozers were forced to dig containment lines as fire tricks and aircrafts battled to extinguish the flames.

Five homes have also been destroyed around Possum Kingdom Lake in North Texas, with the fire burning down at least five other structures.

TEXAS: Multiple wildfires have been burning through Texas, with homes and structures in Palo Pinto County, punctured on Monday, being destroyed

TEXAS: Multiple wildfires have been burning through Texas, with homes and structures in Palo Pinto County, punctured on Monday, being destroyed

NEW YORK: A young boy played in the art installation fountain outside Rockefeller Center as temperatures reached into the 90s on Tuesday

NEW YORK: A young boy played in the art installation fountain outside Rockefeller Center as temperatures reached into the 90s on Tuesday

BOSTON: A boy was seen enjoying himself as he played in a water fountain on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston on the first day of a nationwide heatwave

BOSTON: A boy was seen enjoying himself as he played in a water fountain on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston on the first day of a nationwide heatwave

In North Texas, residents are being asked to conserve water amid drought conditions and the looming heatwave – both of which could pose a potential water shortage.

The North Texas Municipal Water District is calling for customers to reduce their water use ‘immediately,’ especially outdoors, until at least Wednesday.

The water district serves about 2 million people including in Plano and North Dallas County.

It was already forced to cease water production at one of its four treatment plants unexpectedly on Saturday ‘to return the plant back to full water purification capacity,’ according to ABC News reports.

The district claims that maintenance combined with a regional drought prompted the company to request a precautionary reduction in water usage.

It comes just one week after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas had to ask its 26 million customers to voluntarily reduce their electric use in an effort to avoid rolling blackouts as excessive air conditioning use created a strain on the electric grid.

Prisoners in Texas are also battling the brutal heat without air conditioning, with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice warning that some jails do not have working facilities.

Residents in Texas complained that there were no cases of water or Gatorade for them to pick up to give to volunteers fighting wildfires

Residents in Texas complained that there were no cases of water or Gatorade for them to pick up to give to volunteers fighting wildfires

Temperatures yesterday reached a scorching 110F, with a spokeswoman for the department adding: ‘There are 100 (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) units, 31 have full AC, 55 have partial AC, and 14 have no AC.

‘We take numerous precautions to lessen the effects of hot temperatures for those incarcerated within our facilities.

‘In 2022, there have been seven inmates who required medical care beyond first aid for heat related injuries, none were fatal.’

Alaska has also experience more than 500 forest fires since the beginning of April, with more than 3m of land burning by mid-July.

As of yesterday there were at least 264 individual fires still burning across the state, with a climate specialist calling it ‘unprecedented.’

Severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes are also a possibility in parts of Canada, according to Environment Canada.

They said in a statement that ‘damaging wind gusts’ will be the main threat adding that a ‘significant tornado’ can’t be ruled out.

Climate changes puts nearly one in three species of all kinds at risk of extinction by 2100, new study shows: They purify air, filter water and maintain the health of Earth’s soil

Climate change is intensifying the global extinction crisis, a new study warns.

A research team, led by the University of Minnesota, found nearly one in three – 30 percent – of all species will disappear or be threatened by 2100.

This is mainly due to biodiversity loss, which is a result of production and consumption, human population and climate change.

Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, called the numbers ‘quite alarming.’

‘It took many years for climate change to become a prominent household concern,’ Greenwald told Union-Bulletin.

‘The extinction crisis is really part and parcel of a similar scope and severity to climate change.’

The team conducted a survey, inviting experts from around the world to contribute, and received 3,331 responses from scientists studying biodiversity in 187 countries, covering all major groups of species, habitats and ecosystems.

The majority of the species include plants and insects, along with other invertebrate animals, but so little is known about these creatures that experts ‘cannot determine the extent to which they are threatened, Healy Hamilton, chief scientist at the nonprofit research group NatureServe, told Union-Bulletin.

However, what is known is that the species play key roles in purifying air, filtering water and ensuring the health of Earth’s soil.

This survey is one of the first to collect information from thousands of international biodiversity experts, who submitted geographical and demographic data.

‘Global biodiversity loss and its impacts may be greater than previously thought, due to higher estimates provided for understudied taxa and by underrepresented experts,’ reads the study published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

The team received an ‘overwhelming consensus’ that climate change pollution and overexploitation were among the main culprits for biodiversity loss.

The results show that estimates of past biodiversity loss were highest among those who study freshwater ecosystems and many tropical habitats were estimated to have the greatest percentage of species threatened or driven extinct since 1500.

The survey also determined that at least one million species of animals and plants are currently on the way to extinction – and 10 percent of them are insects.

‘Our survey estimates, which were provided by 629 experts who study terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates, therefore suggest that the percentage of insect species that are threatened may be much higher,’ the team shared in the study.

‘Further investigations of the diversity and threatened status of insects and other hyperdiverse and understudied taxa are urgently needed especially in light of large recent declines in insect abundance in some locations.’

‘If current trends continue, then further loss of biodiversity is expected, and experts estimated that 37% (uncertainty range: 20–50%) of species might be threatened or driven to extinction by 2100,’ reads the study.

‘Furthermore, many currently threatened species were predicted to go extinct before the end of this century.

‘Most experts (84%) expected species to go extinct less than 100 years after becoming threatened, with 75% of experts expecting extinctions to occur within decades (10–100 years) and an additional 9% of experts expecting extinctions to occur within 10 years.’

The researchers encourage biodiversity experts to use these results to learn how their own perspectives differ from those of other experts, and to ensure that a range of perspectives is included when conducting global biodiversity assessments, setting global biodiversity goals and targets, and making the new policies and other transformative changes needed to conserve biodiversity.

Akira Mori of the University of Tokyo in Japan said in a statement: ‘Since biodiversity is highly regional in nature, the attempt of our study to bring together the opinions of regional experts from around the world is unprecedented.

‘From the perspective of social and cultural diversity and inclusiveness, even if they are not necessarily complete, I believe we have presented certain suggestions for future international policy discussions.’

 



Source link

Denial of responsibility! planetcirculate is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.