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Opinion | Scalding temperatures give a taste of the suffering global warming brings – The Washington Post

States such as Oregon and Washington are not built for heat. Many people do not have air conditioning. Hospitals are unused to handling symptoms of extreme heat exposure. Similarly, the dry docks in Virginia’s Hampton Roads were built for a lower sea level, and the fisheries in Maine rely on water temperatures remaining within a certain range. Human society has developed within a narrow temperature band. Coping with the warming that is already on its way, because of the long-lived greenhouse gases humans have already pumped into the atmosphere, will be a long and expensive project. The sooner the world weans itself off carbon-emitting forms of energy, the better chance human beings have of preventing widespread suffering.

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