While a few hot days might not seem like a big deal, it can have serious consequences if you're not careful. ABC News points out that around 3,000 Americans died between 2006 and 2010 from heat-related illness. As always, check on your elderly neighbors and grandparents - it's not only a good deed, but a good way to stay in the AC.
We now stand at a crossroads. However unintentional, humans are responsible for climate change. It is time we own up to that and deal with the problem in earnest. For what we do today will forever determine our future trajectory. Could this crisis be the impetus that moves us to the next stage of civilization or to extinction?
Mild weather can seem deceptively safe, but it is not. In less than 30 minutes, the temperature inside a car can rise more than 30 degrees higher than the temperature outside. This is true even if car windows are cracked open or the car is parked in the shade. Dogs can't cool themselves down as easily as we can, and once they overheat, they can suffer serious organ damage and die.
Farm labor -- feeding America and much of the world -- is honorable and important work. Farmworkers shouldn't risk death or illness from extreme heat when reasonable measures can easily prevent such tragedies. Enforcement of these protections will improve through joint efforts by the state of California and the UFW as a result of the settlement of this lawsuit.