Deadly heat – bats were just the beginning

Earlier this year in Australia, tens of thousands of bats dropped dead from trees and fell from the sky during an unprecedented heatwave […more…].

For us, the bats now look like an early warning signal, our modern-day equivalent of the canary in the coal mine. Results of a new study on the global risk of deadly heat reveal that nearly a third of the world’s population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, making it “almost inevitable” that vast areas of the planet will face rising human fatalities from high temperatures.  By the end of the century, periods of deadly heat will hit nearly three quarters of the globe, habitat to half of the world’s human population. […more commentary…]

It doesn’t look like more than four of us will be able to escape to Mars.  Maybe the space-shuttle heat shields could be re-purposed into a new line of high-tech wearable fashion survivalware?

At first glance you’d think it would be the mammals that elected to remain in the ocean that will have the last laugh over humans, apes and monkeys.  But tough luck though, dolphins and whales.  Our carbon dioxide emissions are also causing the oceans to become huge pools of dilute carbonic acid.

 

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