Drought and Record-Breaking Heat Waves Create Dangerous Conditions in the US

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A combination of deadly heat and severe drought have caused a high alert in at least 6 states in the southwestern US. 

Temperatures in some areas will reach up to 120℉ (49℃), which is unusual to see so early in the year. Nearly 50 million people are under heatwave advisory in the states of Utah, Nevada, and California. This extreme temperature, coupled with the drought this area of the country has been experiencing this year, means a high risk of wildfires. 

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Windy, dry weather makes these states particularly susceptible to fires, such as those that devastated millions of acres throughout California and other western states last year.

There is also growing concern for an increase in energy consumption, as people crank up their air conditioners to try to cope with the heat. In addition to the concerns for energy, water conservation measures are already in place throughout California to help deal with the issues caused by the drought. 

Local wildlife, which has already been negatively impacted by wildfires in the past, is also threatened by the harsh weather conditions. Dried-up lake beds and extreme heat pose a threat to the freshwater ecosystems in this region, not to mention the wild animals that depend on these water sources for survival. 

The drought and heatwave put people at risk as well, especially the transient community in these states that may not have access to air conditioning or freshwater supply. People in the affected areas are encouraged to stay indoors whenever possible and try to stay well hydrated. They are also being reminded not to leave children and pets waiting in hot cars, which can quickly cause death. 

At Karmagawa and SaveTheReef we share our concern for those affected by these extreme weather conditions. We are committed to helping solve the climate crisis by adding our voices to the many who are fighting for a better way. We all live on this planet, and we all share the responsibility of caring for it, for today and for the future. 

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