While Republicans and popular vote loser Donald Trump continue to deny the affects of climate change, actual scientists know the earth is changing, and we’re part of the cause…the data doesn’t lie.
A new report goes as far to suggest that by the year 2050, Phoenix, Arizona will be unlivable thanks to to the affects of climate change. The historical average number of days that Phoenix spends over 100 degrees is a whopping 92 days. And it’s going to get worse.
It’s currently the fastest warming big city in the US,” meteorologist and former Arizonan Eric Holthaus told me in an email. A study from Climate Central last year projects that Phoenix’s summer weather will be on average three to five degrees hotter by 2050. Meanwhile, that average number of 100-degree days will have skyrocketed by almost 40, to 132, according to another 2016 Climate Central study. (For reference, over a comparable period, New York City is expected to go from two to 15 100-degree days.)
And, tragically, all that heat costs quite a few Phoenicians their lives every year. Maricopa County keeps careful records of heat deaths and issues a morbid but extremely useful annual report. In 2016, 130 people died from heat—the most since the turn of the millennium and a big spike when compared to the 85 who died in 2015.
But as is the case with so much climate–related news, we shouldn’t go rushing to blame climate change for these deaths directly. Yes, 2016 was a hot year—Phoenix’s third-hottest ever, in fact—but, crucially, “it wasn’t exceptionally warmer than many other years over the time period for which they’ve been gathering these statistics,” Arizona State University climatologist David Hondula told me. (The exact cause of the spike in deaths remains a mystery.)
Did you hear that, Republican politicians? Entire American cities will be unlivable within 35 years from now…but you just waiting for the “data” that supports your penchant to ignore climate change.