In this 2019 article in Rolling Stone, writer Jeff Goodell poses an existential question of our planet: Can we survive in extreme heat. He points out that humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and that we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come.
The article was written at a time when temperatures at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport had reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Hundreds of flights were being delayed or cancelled due to the fact that heavily laden passenger aircraft couldn’t generate enough lift to take off in such thin, hot air. Phoenix is already located in a hot region and the urban heat island effect can make the city as much as 21 degrees hotter than surrounding areas. How will humanity cope with a climate that is heating up everywhere?