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Timea Krauszová
June 21, 2022, 5:40pm
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Scientists Are Beginning To Call The Summertime "Danger Season." It Is The Deadliest Time Of The Year

Scientists are afraid of the future. Summer is no longer just a pleasantly warm season, it is becoming dangerous, they argue.

Timea Krauszová
June 21, 2022, 5:40pm
Reading time: 1:50
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Summer is no longer what it used to be. After centuries, when the summer period was repeated every year and looked more or less the same, the hot months in our parts are changing beyond recognition. Scientists are even beginning to talk about a new season: according to Wired, they call it 'danger season' instead of summer. They mark the period from May to October, which has been characterized by extreme weather in the United States for several years in a row.

Summers are too hot

Danger season, is a term used in the campaign of Union of Concerned Scientists. This is a fairly long period, from May to October, which is accompanied by a number of natural disasters in the United States. Although people still enjoy the beaches and swimming pools during these months, there is also an increasing number of people who are suffering from heat and overheating, who have to escape the fire, breathe smoky air and nail up their houses in an effort to protect themselves from the oncoming hurricanes.

 

In the southern hemisphere, this "danger season" is from December to February. At that time,  fires are out of control in Australia.

This year, scientists are predicting a hectic summer with many natural disasters. Extreme temperatures, which endanger people's lives and animals, also contribute to the dry season and cause constant fires. According to available data, summer is becoming an increasingly deadly period.

 

In the US, more and more people die every year due to extreme temperatures (on average, there are more victims of extreme heat, than of other extreme conditions). The problem is insufficient access to air conditioning (many seniors do not have it at home), as well as sports training for young people. All US states are expecting very high temperatures this year and a power outage is also expected due to network congestion. The reason is both cooling and irrigation.

 

The association of scientists argues that they came up with a new name for the summer, because it is no longer time to soften the talk about the climate crisis. "10-15 years ago, when we were talking about these things, we didn't want to scare people," Rachel Cleetus, the association's strategic director, told Wired. He says scientists originally wanted people to understand what they were trying to tell them and what it meant to their future. However, this is not happening. "And now we are afraid, we are terrified of what we have already released into the world."

In addition, the danger season (i.e. summers) is extending. According to scientists, this must be a reason for governments and companies to act and protect people. Scientists want a national strategy to deal with natural disasters, as well as rules to protect people in the extreme conditions.

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