Grace Smith | July 25, 2022
Multiple cities in the Northeast experienced record-breaking high temperatures on Sunday. Boston saw 100 degrees Fahrenheit, two more degrees than the previous record in 1993. Newark encountered 101 degrees, surpassing the previous July 24 temperature record in 2010 at 99 degrees.
The Northeast wasn’t the only region to experience extreme heat. Around 71 million people throughout the country had heat indexes over 103 degrees including Kansas, Missouri, and North Carolina. States including South Dakota, Dallas, and Arizona are investigating deaths potentially linked to heat. A week or so earlier, Europe experienced sweltering heat that killed more than 1,000 people.
To beat the heat, New York used public spaces as cooling centers and gave community members spray caps to put over fire hydrants in order to save water. But, cooling centers don’t combat climate change, which is amplifying the heat waves and extreme temperatures.
The U.S. is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, and the pace at which the U.S. is decreasing its emissions is at a rate too slow to avoid destructive and disastrous climate change, Rebecca Hersher, an NPR climate reporter, said in an interview with NPR.
“I mean, this is textbook climate change in action,” Hersher told NPR. “…It will only get worse in the future because the climate is still getting warmer.”