Arizona’s infamous summer heat is a worsening menace.Global warming and Phoenix’s sun-soaked urban core make blistering heat waves like this week’s increasingly dangerous, especially to the poor and elderly. Last year, 130 people died of heat-related causes in Maricopa County, the most yet in a decade of tracking, and the risk has grown with the exposure to heat: The hot season has lengthened by a month in the last century.Imagine a Phoenix that tops out at 125 degrees, 130 degrees or worse. Climate scientists say the city is on track for that in the second half of this century, even without accounting for the degree of temperature that concrete and asphalt load on every decade or so.And as temperature records — like Monday’s 118 degrees, Tuesday’s 119 degrees and Wednesday’s 117 degrees — keep falling, some officials are advocating steps such as planting more trees and incorporating cool-roof technology to reverse or stall the urban-heating trend. SEE ALSO: Phoenix-area heat wave brings heavy power demand “The downtown area’s gotten hotter and hotter all the time,” said Terry Reck, a former trucker who is now homeless. He spends nights at a McDowell Street car wash and days with a Chihuahua and a cocker spaniel under a tree… Read full this story
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