Editorial by: D. McCray
Contributor: B. Faloona
Cody Flom, 12, died of a heat stroke while hiking the Sonoran Mountain Preserve on friday when it was 111 degrees outside. Six other heat-related deaths have been reported as temperatures continue to rise in portions of the U.S..
Temperatures could reach the century mark Monday afternoon in Chicago, Washington, and New York. Five elderly Chicago residents, who have had health issues, also died as a result of the scorching high temperatures. People were advised to stay in a place with air-conditioning and to stay hydrated.
Chicago Police are offering rides to cooling centers, and distributing water to residents to help people out with the summer heat. Heat is one of the most dangerous weather-related killers because it is said that each year dozens of Americans die from exposure to high temperatures.
The heat has caused a fast-growing wildfire across the west coast and has consumed more than 33,000 acres of land. Scientists state that high temperatures across the U.S could be part of a long-term global warming phenomenon. (CNN.com). NASA said that every month in 2016 has been the highest ever recorded.
You have to begin to wonder if these things are all related, and if global warming is effecting all of us? Could a forest fire on the on the other side of the world have something to do with people suffering, and being near death from heat-stroke on the Southside of Chicago?