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Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
3000 is scary, because thats the estimated number of people who died on 9/11. A freaky number indeed.
Hellfire, the French should be careful. They need to realize the dangers of extreme temps, drink loads of water, and limit thier physical activities. High temps are nothing to play around with.
Levler, the article said that the number of deaths from the heat is 3000. Thats basically medical care workers saying this. I think medical professionals know the diff between heat induced death and other types of it. Many things caused by the heat can kill people. Asphyxiation, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, ect. Medical care workers getting called back from vacation.
The heat is killing them ,just like i feared it would.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Hmmmm, can we all say HAARP?!
Originally posted by Gazrok
How do so many die of heat?
Arabs have this kind of heat all the time....and don't just say they're used to it....I wasn't when I went there either...but I'm still alive...
My sympathies for them...but sounds like they may have died from ignorance, not heat. No air conditioning in the hospitals??? Sorry, but temperature or not, you would want ac and air filtration in a hospital.... Ridiculous, and barbaric.... Remind me never to have to use a hospital in France....
Even with a lack of ac, there are plenty of ways to keep cool... This is a tragedy, to be sure, but one that it compounded by the fact that with an iota of common sense, it could have been prevented.....
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Im still thinking its unnatural. This wetaher is NOT normal for Europe. heat of this proportion in Europe is as freakish as a snowstorm in Saudi Arabia. the people in Europe have lived in a cool, damp climate for thousands of years. Why do you think Caucasian people are paler than other people? its because its cold, little sun, and very wet. Thus, France, germany, UK, all those countries simply are not used to it. In the states, there are many places that dont have air conditioning. I used to live in central Cali, where it would range from the 90's to about 115 and stay that way for months in the summer. I never suffered, because i was used to that heat, my body can aircondition itself.
Global warming? i still doubt that fossil fuels are to blame alone, as unbalanced said, people forget that nature changes climates on her own. Look at the history of the earth, the massive cataclysmic and sudden climate changes, the ice ages, the meteor stikes, ect. People forget were going into another pole shift here, major weather changes are soon to come. Fossil fuels may simply be aggrivating the problem, a problem that iusnt caused by us, but mother nature.
Im still banking on HAARP tho, as the cause of this heatwave. I was reading on the news about the massive losses in France as far as agriculture: 4 million French chickens died, wheat and other crops expected to suffer severe losses. Not to mention what this might do to water supplies. And note that it seems only France has gotten hot really hard. Germany got hit, though not as sevrely, and the Germans are even less used to strong heat than the french.
Air pollution may have been the cause of death for thousands of French people who died in a heatwave that struck Europe this August, an environmental official said Monday.
A recent study suggests that pollution may also have been a key cause of death, as searing temperatures and a lack of wind left a cloud of smog hanging over Paris.
While ozone in the upper atmosphere is vital for filtering out harmful ultraviolet light, ground-level ozone -- caused by sunlight reacting with certain forms of pollution, especially car exhaust emissions -- can cause respiratory problems.