How to get a low-cost A/C unit and other help from LADWP to beat the next heat wave
The first heat wave of the year is the next one. This can’t be overstated. On today’s calendar, it’s September 28. And although no one can predict what might happen next year, we’re due.
It’s not unusual for heat waves to begin in August and to last until winter. But this year, August and September are heating up early. And although it’s not just heat you need to worry about, there are certain heat-related problems you could also face, from water losses to power outages at your business.
The next heat wave is at least partly a result of climate change. When the Earth warms, the atmosphere is filled with more carbon dioxide, which is absorbed by plants, which then release their stored energy slowly into the atmosphere. And the result is more of the same.
What happens to our air is also a result of climate change, according to the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Because of the greenhouse gas and aerosol effect, the amount of heat emitted into the atmosphere from our cars, power plants, and other industrial heat sources is increasing.
But the most fundamental change is happening on our planet, outside of our control, but with which we can have some influence. In other words, it’s not just the weather on your side. It’s also the warming that is driven by greenhouse gases.
Climate change also means we are seeing a changing climate elsewhere, too. We’re seeing increasingly intense weather patterns, like hurricanes, droughts, and floods. There are even new types of extreme weather events which we haven’t even experienced before. And it is because of that change in climate that we need to have a better understanding of what’s happening in our global warming systems.
So what can you do?
Some parts of the U.S. have had heat waves this summer. Some places have had the kind of heat that is more typical for the late summer. And now, September is finally here