Climate crisis presents the bill in US: extreme heat in Florida, Texas and Arizona

The situation in Florida, Texas and Arizona is critical

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Climate crisis presents the bill in US: extreme heat in Florida, Texas and Arizona

The South East of the USA has been hit by a worrying heat wave, which is bending especially some states. Symptom that the climate crisis is presenting the bill to the country and the planet. The situation in Florida, Texas and Arizona is critical.

Meteorologists expect the heat to hit 43C by the weekend. There is no shortage of voluntary associations that lend their support, providing free fresh water to the neediest. The high temperatures also affected the city of Phoenix where 43 degrees were reached for the 12th day in a row.

Just days ago, a mix of record temperatures and unbreathable air over eight days led to nine deaths in Texas. This is a sad record for America, which increasingly has to deal with extreme climatic phenomena, with catastrophic consequences.

Webb County coroner Corinne Stern is in no doubt as to who was to blame for the deaths of these people: "With a heavy heart this morning I confirm that we have lost nine residents to heat over the past eight days."

About the climate crisis

Climatologists calculate that the release into the atmosphere of quantities of CO2 exceeding a certain limit value would lead to a series of incalculable events, described with the term hothouse earth.

Already a rise in temperatures of two degrees, set as the maximum limit by the Paris Agreements, could have negative effects for life on the planet. If you maintain average emissions of approx. 40 gigatons of CO2 equivalent to humanity remain a few years, depending on the carbon budget considered, before completely depleting the amount of CO2 available; after which it would no longer be allowed to emit any type of greenhouse gas, due to the earth system's ability to absorb such gases only in the long term.

To keep the climate system within conditions that guarantee the survival of the human species and of a large part of those currently living on planet Earth, it is therefore necessary to rapidly eliminate the emission of further greenhouse gases and remove those already in the atmosphere through so-called negative emissions.

Surveys such as the Emissions Gap Report 2018 show that, on the contrary, greenhouse gas emissions worldwide have further increased rather than decreased, and technical solutions for large-scale negative emissions are not at all promising at the moment.

so the risk of a climate catastrophe persists. The term climate crisis is therefore used to describe the threat of global warming to the planet, and the need for aggressive climate change mitigation.