This July was set as the hottest on record globally driven by climate change. The US National Weather Service estimates that temperatures and heat index values across the United States are expected to rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius for at least Saturday, July 29, 2023.
Experts in the field as quoted Reuters newspaper He said the heat wave across much of the world was expected to last into August.
Biden took more executive action as he noted climate emergencies like costly flooding in Vermont and California, worsening droughts and hurricanes, and Phoenix’s record 28th straight day of over 43 degrees Celsius.
“The ocean temperature near Miami is like stepping into a hot tub. It just hit 100 degrees (Fahrenheit) — and it hit a record level worldwide,” Biden told reporters after meeting with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and San Antonio Mayor Ron. Nirenberg on Thursday, July 27, 2023.
The President directed the Department of Labor to improve risk management of heat hazards in the workplace, for example by increasing inspections of construction and agricultural sites. It also provides a Hazard Alert to inform employers of their responsibilities and employees of their rights during extreme heat.
About 436 workers have died from exposure to environmental heat since 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including agricultural workers, farmers, officers. firemanand construction workers were among the most affected.
In total, about 600 Americans died as a result extreme weather annually, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Federal protection complements local efforts.
Phoenix Mayor Gallego said his city is the first in the country to have a fully funded hot desk. He continues to strive to “innovate” on climate change. He also asked Congress to expand the definition of a federal emergency to include heat.