Strange 'ring of fire' phenomenon strikes the southern US

Strange 'ring of fire' phenomenon strikes the southern US

Meteorologists are warning of a particular phenomenon called "ring of fire" that is spreading throughout the United States and will bring extreme weather conditions.

The great heat wave will cause extreme storms in the southern U.S. Heat warnings have been issued for a 1,000-mile stretch across southern states from San Angelo, Texas, to Jacksonville, Florida, with temperatures that exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 ° C).

The weather alert is already in effect and has been noted in St Louis, Missouri, with heavy rains this Monday, August 12.

Weather site Weather said: “The worst of the heat and humidity from the high pressure dome will continue in the south until early this week.

The warnings issued also relate to health care in Oklahoma to the lower Mississippi Valley. Excessive heat can cause the so-called "heat stroke" affecting mainly the most vulnerable population: children and the elderly.

NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins said the southern US could be affected by the strange weather through Thursday, possibly even early Friday.

Climate change agreements

While there are international agreements to reduce temperatures to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels, as set out in the Paris Climate Agreement, nations are currently not on track to achieve that goal.

This means that realistic global temperatures could one day reach 3 ° C above pre-industrial levels. A terrifying study published in Science Advances on various US cities shows how devastating this could be.

For example, in New York City, nearly 5,800 people are forecast to die each year from unbearable heat if temperatures rise by three degrees.

However, if temperatures are limited to a 1.5 ° C rise, a total of 2,716 lives would be saved each year from heat mortality in New York City.

Kristie Ebi, co-author of the study and a public health expert at the University of Washington, said: “Reducing emissions would lead to a smaller increase in heat-related deaths, assuming no additional action is needed to adapt to warmer temperatures. high.

“Climate change, driven by greenhouse gas emissions, is affecting our health, our economy and our ecosystems. This study adds to the evidence of the damage that could occur without rapid and significant reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions ”.

Dann Mitchell, from the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol, and a co-author of the study, said: "" We no longer count the impact of climate change in terms of degrees of global warming, but in terms of the number of lives lost. ”

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