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Half of All Summers Will Soon Be Boiling Hot for Hundreds of Millions of People
October 13, 2014
By James West
Last year was an absolute scorcher in China. In the eastern part of the country, more than a half-billion people sweltered through 31 days with daily maximum temperatures of 95 degrees Fahrenheit or more, a historical record. The heat wave killed dozens of people. Nightmare-inducing crowds swamped public pools and beaches. NASA reported that Shanghai broke its all-time temperature record three times in as many weeks. The blistering heat was accompanied by a drought that afflicted the country's food bowl, the Yangtze River basin, that cost China around $9.6 billion. The Associated Press reported at the time that "folks are grilling shrimp on manhole covers, eggs are hatching without incubators and a highway billboard has mysteriously caught fire by itself."