Miami’s new chief hot officer has called for more federal and state action in the face of rising temperatures. He would be the first US official to focus on the hitwave.
John Gilbert, who was tasked with coordinating Miami-Dade County efforts to save lives from overheating and working at a faster pace, said more attention needs to be paid to the “silent killer” of the weather crisis.
“In Miami it doesn’t raise the temperature to make things dangerous.” “I hope that summer is integrated into all kinds of thinking related to climate change and infrastructure. We are seeing a growing awareness of this threat from cities across the United States, it is really growing. ”
Of all the diseases caused by the weather crisis, heat is the deadliest, with more than 100 people now dying each year from its effects. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An independent study last year estimated the death toll Really very highIn one year, 600 people die.
Cities with traditionally cooler climates are particularly at risk from the growing threat of hot water because their residents often lack air conditioning and other adaptations to withstand the hot temperatures. Many U.S. cities have low-income neighbors Regularly warmer The thinnest area nearby where whites are in the majority.
Gilbert said even in places traditionally used as temperatures like Miami, there is a greater need to provide cold-down centers for vulnerable people, to create more shade through the cover of growing trees, and to educate people at risk from rising temperatures.
Miami-Dade currently experiences days0 days in a year that looks like 100F (C 37C) but It is estimated It will be a total rocket by mid-century if planetary heating emissions are not cut by the middle of the century.
Democrats in Congress have called for legislation that would force the U.S. Department of Labor to set new national standards for protecting people working outside the heat. A The bill that demands it is named Asuncion Valdivia, a farm worker in California, died in June 2004 after picking grapes for 10 hours without a break at 10F F (C0 C). He eventually returned home, but his mouth began to foam and he died.
According to According to the Department of Labor, more than 1,000 U.S. workers have been killed and more than 1,000,000 seriously injured since the 1990s, but there is no national hotspot and only a handful of states, such as California, have to supply filters. Drinking water and shady areas are standardized to protect outsiders once the temperature is hit at 800 F (2C).
Mema, Governor Ron Descentis, Republican, New bill signed Florida to deal with sea level rise but Offer To ensure workers get adequate shade, regular rest and plenty of drinking water. “At the state level, we’re moving from small work to some work related to sea level rise, which we’re excited about, but we need to see the state get warmer,” Gilbert said.
“There may be investment in green infrastructure, housing for families and rehabilitation for outside workers. There is still much to be done.”
Gilbert will jointly lead a new heat taskforce that will look at a range of measures, such as outdoor worker heating standards and a new alert system as temperatures rise. Cheryl Holder, a Florida The doctor, who co-led the task force, said he needed to deal with the growing number of heat-related conditions he was currently experiencing.
“The number of dangerous days is increasing and we are seeing more complaints about hot, more skin problems, more injuries in more instances such as diabetes control and more injuries to workers when they feel hot,” he said. “It will be difficult to change but it is necessary. We need to address it now.”
Holder said she raised the possibility of opposition Florida with lawmakers. He suggested to Marco Rubio’s aides in the Republican Senate that Disney World would also be unpleasant for tourists if temperatures exceeded the regular 100F.
“Florida sells itself in tourism, outdoor life,” she said. “If it’s unbearably hot, who wants to be out? It’s important to be serious about the Florida heat and how to manage it.”