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Andrea T Edwards

#157 Weekend reads – please please please get ready for extreme heat

I am very concerned about the extreme heat brewing in our environment and our lack of preparedness for it, so in April, I decided to work out the risks, as well as what we could do to prepare. This meant digging deep into the topic over a couple of months, working it all out, and I did this through the lense of the Global South (where I live), because it is an area with huge populations and inadequate infrastructure to cope with extreme heat. That means the next hot season (or the next) could result in millions of deaths.

Since I did this deep dive, I’ve written two blogs here and here, recorded a podcast (which is a bit disjointed), designed some short-form graphics (and I’ll probably do more), and yesterday, Bavani Periasamy joined me on Climate Courage to talk through all of the actions we can take to prepare. Please watch and get ready.

The reason I am doing this is because I am not seeing any preparations happening at all, and my fear is we will be slammed with this heat in the next 6-18 months and only then will we respond – but the cost of not preparing will be very high.

If we continue to fail to look ahead, millions of humans will be at risk, but even more important is the risk to nature and all other life on earth, including the threat of crop failures, which we’re already seeing with major crop losses across the world, and 2024 is looking like it will be even worse.

It’s beyond time we get serious, start paying attention, start looking ahead and get prepared. Equally, if we have wealth, we must help those who cannot afford to invest in what is needed, so we don’t leave them facing this heat – and we’ve already seen thousands of poor people struggle through the heat, especially in the US.

What we need now is community preparation, government leadership, transparency and honesty, and the media must start speaking up about it, in every language, reaching every corner of the globe.

My initial inspiration for doing this research was after experiencing wet bulb temperatures for the first time in April this year. It really shocked me because I know what it means in the wider climate escalation story. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and many countries in the Middle East have experienced these temperatures before 2023, but for Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, and many others, it was the first time experiencing significant heat waves, with many deaths reported. However, the challenge with deaths from heat is we never know until long after the event is over, as well as the fact many are not even attributed to heat.

All countries in the Global South are not ready for heat extremes, and seeing what has happened in the Northern Hemisphere this last summer, those of us in the Southern Hemisphere must brace for the next round of heat. We must also understand that all indications are pointing to more extreme heat than we’ve experienced so far, especially as El Nino gets stronger and does its job.

Read this: Global El Niño forecasts predict a Very Strong event for 2023/24

PLEASE make sure you’re ready, make sure your neighbors are ready, and if you have any ideas on how we can help our wildlife, share it with the communities who can do something about it.

Here’s how some of my neighbours are expected to live in extreme heat. This is a worker’s camp for a new construction project and millions of people across the Global South live in homes like this! How can they possibly survive wet bulb temperatures?

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Content to read

And here’s the content I’ve been reading, listening to or watching. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read, listen to or watch them all. It’s time to pay attention to the information that matters.

Climate crisis

Doomsday author’s analysis: We have destroyed our ecosystem – now we await the collapse of civilization | WRAL TechWire

California to Big Oil: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire – The Santa Barbara Independent

Arson turns Amazon reforestation project to ashes (

Large methane gas leak in Baltic Sea discovered | Climate Crisis News | Al Jazeera

What the Latest Health Check Tells Us About the State of Our Planet | TIME

Opinion | Can We Put a Price on Climate Damages? – The New York Times (

Bill Gates on climate change: ‘The climate is not the end of the planet’ | Fortune (

Olive oil prices surge over 100%, leading to cooking oil thefts (

Brazil Could Break All-Time High Temp Record in Waning Days of Winter – The Messenger

American Climate Corps | The White House

Deadly humid heatwaves to spread rapidly as climate warms – study | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Wanted: 20,000 Young Americans to Fight Climate Change – The New York Times (

UN chief denounces ‘foot-dragging’ and ‘naked greed’ for lack of climate action | Financial Times (

“Biological annihilation”: Trajectory of evolution is being altered by wide-scale extinctions (

Severe plankton bloom off Thailand creates marine ‘dead zone’ | Thailand | The Guardian

UN Climate Summit: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Humanity has opened the gates to hell |

Libya flood: Derna mayor’s house burnt down in protests – BBC News

Arizona’s new solution to cool boiling schools – BBC News

Climate Driver Update (

Potential El Niño inching closer, but the Bureau of Meteorology is not ready to declare it yet – ABC News

‘Worst risk since black summer’: NSW south coast fire danger upgraded to ‘catastrophic’ | Bushfires | The Guardian

Study: conditions on earth may be moving outside “safe operating space” for humanity | CNN

Billionaires Are the Real Existential Risk (

Study finds human-driven mass extinction is eliminating entire branches of the tree of life (

Samkong streets flood, again (

Furore over Chalong garbage dump (

London facing 45C days ‘in foreseeable future’, mayor Sadiq Khan warns | London | The Guardian

Sydney Marathon runners hospitalized as Australia swelters in unusual spring heat wave | CNN

Study finds significant chemical exposures in women with cancer (

NSW schools closed today: September temperature records fall as fire danger rating hits ‘catastrophic’ level (

Some easy (or mostly easy) life changes that have a big impact on the world’s oceans | CNN

How to Cool Down a City – The New York Times (

Norway’s $1.4 Trillion Wealth Fund Tells Portfolio Companies Not to Count Carbon Credit Towards Interim Climate Goals – ESG Today

March to End Fossil Fuels: Youth Activists Need Parents, Families to Join the Movement | Teen Vogue

Water firm bosses pocket £3.4 million in salaries amid sewage spill claims – Mirror Online

The Invisible Doctrine: by Eat the Moon Films — Kickstarter

Tallaganda State Forest logging spells ‘carnage’ for glider habitat (

Global El Niño forecasts predict a Very Strong event for 2023/24 (

Four Reasons Civilization Won’t Decline: It Will Collapse – resilience

Ten countries and territories saw severe flooding in just 12 days | CNN (

Drowning Predictions: Yearly 100-Year Floods Loom on the Horizon (

Liberia Might Sign Away 10% Of Its Land Mass To UAE Firm In Carbon Offset Deal – Tech Labari

Confronting the Wildness of Nature in Athens, Georgia – The Atlantic

Met Office warns of thunderstorms and possible threat to life in southern UK | UK weather | The Guardian

Global climate protests demand phase out of fossil fuels | Reuters Video

Antarctic sea-ice at ‘mind-blowing’ low alarms experts – BBC News

Megacities at risk | Surviving C21 (

Elite Panic vs. the Resilient Populace – James B. Meigs, Commentary Magazine

What would happen if the world cut meat and milk consumption in half? | Grist

Water | Land & Water | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | Land & Water | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (

Millennium Bridge: Business people protest with queue for climate – BBC News (

Antarctic sea-ice at ‘mind-blowing’ low alarms experts – BBC News

Global politics

Sunak approval rating ‘lowest ever’ following net-zero speech (

Liz Truss’s comeback defies all belief – until you understand the rotten forces making it possible | Liz Truss | The Guardian (

Could Rishi Sunak’s green review threaten UK net zero? – BBC News

Senior Tories express unease over Sunak’s intention to roll back climate policies | Conservatives | The Guardian

Fears over right to protest after woman with sign at climate trial prosecuted | UK news | The Guardian

Rishi Sunak considers weakening key green policies – BBC News

Sam Newman encourages Aussies to boo during Welcome to Country | OverSixty

Fact check: Nine key lies told about the Voice to Parliament | The Saturday Paper

Understanding the moral and political implications of a “No” vote in the Voice referendum – ABC Religion & Ethics

Kamahl flips on Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum vote | — Australia’s leading news site

Poland no longer supplying weapons to Ukraine amid grain row – BBC News

War in Ukraine: Is the counter-offensive making progress? – BBC News

India suspends visas for Canadians as row escalates – BBC News

The Daily: The Republican Attempt to Impeach President Biden on Apple Podcasts

Trump abortion backlash spotlights a Republican balancing act – BBC News

A Moderate Anti-Trump Republican Who Got Fed Up With the Senate Has Retirement Advice for Mitt Romney. – POLITICO

What Mitt Romney Saw in the Senate – The Atlantic

Rupert Murdoch often wishes Donald Trump dead, Michael Wolff book says | Books | The Guardian

Rupert Murdoch steps down as Fox and News Corp chairman in favour of son Lachlan – BBC News

Fuck Rupert Murdoch – The Shot

Business and technology

Are the new Apple Watches truly “carbon neutral”? (

Elon Musk: Social media platform X, formerly Twitter, could go behind paywall – BBC News

Sex, lies and magical thinking about CEO behaviour | Financial Times (

Social issues

Child fentanyl death: Police seek husband of NYC nursery owner – BBC News

New York Police find drugs in trapdoor at fentanyl nursery – BBC News

Whitest parts of England and Wales have 144% more local paths, study finds | Communities | The Guardian

Nipah virus outbreak in India: What you need to know about viral disease | Health News | Al Jazeera

Opinion | I Was Attacked by Donald Trump and Elon Musk. I Believe It Was a Strategy To Change What You See Online. – The New York Times (

How the fentanyl crisis’ fourth wave has hit every corner of the US – BBC News

U.S. to offer free at-home COVID tests by mail again (

COVID cases are rising again. Here’s a refresher on everything you forgot. (

Six ‘Soldiers of Christ’ arrested for the abuse and murder of ‘malnourished’ South Korean woman | CNN

Nation Could Have Sworn Russell Brand Was Already Convicted Sex Offender (

BBC and Channel 4 investigate Russell Brand allegations – BBC News

The nasty noughties: Russell Brand and the era of sadistic tabloid misogyny | Russell Brand | The Guardian

Russell Brand accused of rape and sexual assault – BBC News (


Osiris-Rex: Asteroid Bennu ‘is a journey back to our origins’ – BBC News

Mexico ‘alien bodies’: Those viral artefacts get lab tests – BBC News

What Nasa said about those ‘alien corpses’ in Mexico – BBC News

So, what did you read? What jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!



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