Fan at Taylor Swift concert dies amid Rio De Janeiro heat wave

A fan died at Taylor Swift’s Rio de Janeiro concert Friday night, during a record-breaking heat wave. Ana Clara Benevides, a 23-year old psychology student, fainted in the front row of the concert and was given 40 minutes of CPR on-site before being taken to the hospital, where she died, her friend Thiago Fernandes told … Read more

Blackouts, shutdowns hit Mideast amid extreme summer heat

BEIRUT —  At the beginning of this month, as a thermal dome pushed temperatures in parts of the Middle East past 122 degrees, Iran ordered a two-day shutdown of schools, banks and public institutions, which helped relieve the burden on the nation’s faltering power grid. Authorities in Iraq did much the same in the country’s sizzling … Read more

Heat from climate change affected 6.5 billion people in July

Four out of every five humans alive experienced at least one day of abnormally hot temperatures in July — a global onslaught of extreme heat that would not have been possible without climate change, according to new research. The sweltering month appears to have been the hottest month ever recorded on the planet, although official … Read more

Abcarian: Dying from the heat is not a political statement

This summer, my Instagram feed has been awash in gorgeous Italian sunsets, stunning Colorado mountain vistas and polar bears frolicking on ice in the Arctic Circle. Now that our fears of COVID-19 have subsided, people of means are out there having fun. But the headlines are alarming: This month looks to be the hottest ever … Read more

As heat bakes California and the West, Biden unveils plan to respond

WASHINGTON —  As millions of people in California, the Southwest and across the country endured dangerously hot conditions Thursday, President Biden unveiled new measures to help Americans adapt to extreme temperatures. July is likely to be the hottest month ever recorded on the planet, the United Nations announced Thursday, citing data from its World Meteorological Organization. … Read more

Climate change leaves fingerprints on July heat waves

The fingerprints of climate change are all over the intense heat waves gripping the globe this month, a new study finds. Researchers say the deadly hot spells in the American Southwest and Southern Europe could not have happened without the continuing buildup of warming gases in the air. Thanks to years of research and more … Read more