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Sustainability

September 3, 2020

by Kaylynn Senne, ’23

Sustainability Studies major

The year 2020 keeps on giving, this time with a heat wave for the records. In Death Valley, California weather stations are reporting a heat wave that could quite literally cause your car to break down.

Death Valley is already the record holder in the Guinness worlds records for the highest temperature ever recorded on earth, 1913 the temperature raised to a burning 134 degrees Fahrenheit and this year the temperature raised back up to 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit. It has not been this hot on earth in three years. Cars in the valley began to break down due to the weather, at least three cars broke down from overheated engines, thankfully rangers responded to help them because being trapped in a car in a heat wave this high could certainly turn deadly quickly. Death Valley has not been the only one to recently feel this kind of heat, heat waves are happening all over the southern united states. If this pattern continues 2020 could become one of the hottest years on record, even the artic is hitting record breaking temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Climate scientist Martin Stendel said this kind of event would be a 1 in 100,000-year event if not for climate change. The last five years have been the hottest yet and are said to not be the only issues that climate change will cause…

One thing I can say is if your anything like me, even 80 degrees is too hot. Keeping cool in weather like this is key. Stay hydrated, avoid the hottest parts of the day (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), and eat plenty of popsicles.

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