The Madeleine Brand Show

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

The heat wave beginning today is going to be bad- highs ranging from 113 to 117 degrees in Imperial and Riverside Counties. But according to a recent study on global warming by Stanford University, this kind of weather will not be considered unusual in the next 30 years.

Researchers say there could be a dramatic spike in extreme seasonal temperatures during the current decade. The 2020s and 2030s may be even more hellish, particularly in the American West. The Stanford team concludes that from 2030 to 2039, most areas of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico could "endure at least seven seasons equally as intense as the hottest season ever recorded between 1951 and 1999" . Ugh.

If we were on the air today we'd look at these predictions and ask "Are we prepared?", and "Should I start looking at real estate in Oregon? Or maybe even Alaska?"

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