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NY Times Discovers Desert Summer Is Hot, Blames Climate Change

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AUGUST 27, 2019

Perhaps the goal of climate hysteria-mongers isn't really to save the planet at all, but to drown it in so much nonsense that rational people grow weary of fighting the New World Order they are attempting to impose upon us.

Monday's edition of The New York Times ran an article titled "Heat Deaths Jump in Southwest United States, Puzzling Officials."

The jump involved a spike in deaths over a four-year period in Arizona and Nevada, most of which occurred in Phoenix and Las Vegas. While the increase was statistically significant -- 105 in 2014 versus 374 in 2017 -- we're talking about fewer than 70 people a year in two cities with combined populations of over 5 million

In a desert.

In summertime.

Throw in the 40 million tourists that Las Vegas plays host to annually and the problem, while worth looking at, doesn't seem quite as alarming.

Where the Times goes with this is what caught my eye:

The long-term health effects of rising temperatures and heat waves are expected to be one of the most dangerous consequences of climate change, causing “tens of thousands of additional premature deaths per year across the United States by the end of this century,” according to the federal government’s Global Change Research Program. The effect could be even more severe in other parts of the world, potentially making parts of North Africa and the Middle East “uninhabitable.”

Still, the fact that deaths have already increased so rapidly in Nevada and Arizona is surprising, according to David Hondula, a professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. He said heat deaths have generally been declining in the United States, thanks to changes like better health care, more air-conditioning and improved weather forecasting.​

I was born -- and now live again -- in the Sonoran Desert, which is where Phoenix is. It's hot here. Always has been. I live in one of the cooler parts of this desert (Tucson) and it's going to be 106 here today. At the end of August.

Because it's a desert.

It has always been hot here. I once asked my grandfather what they did here during the summer in the days before air conditioning. His terse reply, "Not much."

The article does explore more plausible explanations, like an increase in the number of homeless or elderly people in the two cities.

While the Las Vegas homeless population has decreased, the number of tourists isn't factored into the possibilities in the article. Tourists, by the way, are notoriously stupid when visiting the desert:

Also left out of consideration is the fact that Phoenix is the fastest growing city in the United States, and Las Vegas is in the Top 15.

Again, the increase is definitely worth exploring, and I'm not diminishing the fact that people are dying. The heat in the desert is very, very dangerous. I was outside for 15 minutes one day last week when it was 109 and got lightheaded, and I handle the heat very well.

My problem with this entire article is that it leads with the climate change stuff and sticks with it, even while admitting authorities aren't sure exactly why the increase happened.

Even if it is on average a couple of degrees warmer in the desert now than it was in the early part of the century, there is air-conditioning everywhere, as the article mentioned.

The difference between 104 degrees and 106 degrees is probably not suddenly making people die. It's all dangerous after 100 degrees, even when the humidity is low. The desert sun is not to be trifled with no matter how much humidity is in the air.

The article concludes with something painfully predictable from the climate crowd -- a plea for the government to do more.

The government can't make outdoor summer temperatures any cooler in Phoenix.

Because it's a desert.
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Would love to stick some NYT jerkoffs out there for a year or two
Was just in Arizona two weeks ago. When I landed at 9:30 pm the temp was 108. At 11pm it was 102. When I came back to Florida the humidity was welcome.
Population increasing, with old people. More heat deaths, what a surprise.
Was just in Arizona two weeks ago. When I landed at 9:30 pm the temp was 108. At 11pm it was 102. When I came back to Florida the humidity was welcome.
I sweat constantly, my face is greasy all the time May to November. I'm not saying I'd rather be in the desert, but this sucks. It would suck so bad if we got a break bow and then, but we don't. Late April to late October, I'm just a slime ball. Does keep me looking young, no moisturizer needed!
Sam, you will sweat just as much in the desert. My wife can't understand why anyone would want to live in Phoenix. Just walking up the block from the Hotel to the Jack-in-Box I was soaked in sweat. Maybe in the winter it's nice, but so is Florida. We went to Show Low and Flagstaff and they were nice (mid 80's)
It's 6:00 PM and 106 right now. It was 109 here today. I was just outside to release a small Black-headed snake (Tantilla hobartsmithi) that we found inside of our house. (We find little snakes occasionally but lots of scorpions (Centruroides).) I went outside to release it in a garden because they eat arthropods (spiders, scorpions, and insects) and it felt fine to me. At the time it was probably 108 but very dry and I'm used to it. BTW: I'm in Chandler, AZ which is Phoenix East Valley.
I once took 7 liters of saline through my hand, because the multiple attempts to get an IV into either Arm had failed. I was told my veins had collapsed. I was pretty dehydrated I suppose.

The culprit was 85'ish degree weather with very high humidity right next to a river. And then, spent some time in the middle east without issue. Heat isn't always the issue.

I was an idiot, as other people often are. Blaming "climate change" is stupid.
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