The First Street Foundation has produced a model which predicts that the emerging “Extreme Heat Belt” will impact over 107 million Americans by 2053. They have released a peer-reviewed extreme heat research which found that in 50 counties in America, home to 8.1 million residents, those residents are expected to experience temperatures above 125°F next year.
Perhaps it might come as a shock to some people that they predict that by 2053, 1,023 counties are expected to exceed this temperature, an area that is home to 107.6 million Americans and which covers a quarter of America’s land area. This emerging area is concentrated in a region that the Foundation calls the “Extreme Heat Belt”. It stretches from the northern Texas and Louisiana borders to Illinois, Indiana and even to Wisconsin.
They say that it will be inevitable that this happens and America needs to be prepared for it. I also say that “the results will be dire”.
They also state that most of the country will see more days with a heat index above 100°F by 2053. And in the states of Texas, Florida and Louisiana they can expect well over 100 days each year with temperatures at or above 100°F.
In the south they will see longer periods of consecutive days at these temperatures. Some places might have two consecutive straight months of this kind of weather.
In Dallas, Fort Worth temperatures at or above 100°F persisted for 21 straight days between mid-July and early August according to the National Weather Service.
Climate Action Tracker, an Independent Analysis of Global Policy, state that the world is on track to reach 2.7°C of warming by the end of the century.
In the UK we had a record high temperature of 40.3°C last month. That’s an all-time record and the previous record was 38.7°C. In the south of England there has been the drought for about two months and it was officially declared on Monday. Rivers are running dry. The Loire in France has dried up along certain parts of its route. In Germany the Rhine has dried up to a depth of 40 cm preventing ships carrying cargo. This negatively impacts their economy at a time when they are struggling with no gas from Russia.
In the UK the source of the Thames River has dried up and it has moved forward.
I don’t need to spell out what this means in terms of the relationship between human and domestic cat. Or the relationship between human and all animals including wild animals. It’s going to be devastating to wildlife including the wild cats of America such as the puma.
It means more air-conditioning in America to make homes viable which in turn is going to create more carbon dioxide and the carbon dioxide footprint will be higher which in turn will worsen global warming. The US already has by far the highest carbon footprint per capita. The point is that if people are severely affected by climate change as described above then so are their cat companions. Cats live the human world. If the human world is messed up, the life of domestic cat is also messed up. You can start forgetting about the finer points of cat behavior and the human-to-cat relationship as we’ll be up a creek without a paddle.
I am one of those people who believes in global warming. It is remarkable that many people still don’t believe in it despite widespread scientific agreement that it exists (nearly 100%).
The number of Americans who believe global warming isn’t happening is still quite substantial. Three quarters of Americans say that human activity contributes to climate change. This means that 25% don’t believe in climate change caused by human activity. The concept of climate change is entirely linked to human activity.
On this page there is a link to a video of a horse that collapsed in New York City from exhaustion in the middle of the road. The police tried to cool the horse down with water. After an hour they were able to get the horse onto its feet. It occurred during a heat wave that has gripped the city.
Similar instances of horses pulling carriages in Europe have occurred when they’ve simply collapsed and super high temperatures.