The media is hyperventilating over a study that “tips” heatwaves to triple by 2050.
COOLING rooms – airconditioned public centres where heat-stressed people can take refuge – may become necessary by 2050, when deaths from extreme heat events are likely to double today’s toll.
The cooling room concept has been raised in a high-level report into Australia’s preparations for a future, hotter era. It is one option for those whose lives may depend on respite from 45-degree temperatures.
Instead of these cooling rooms, wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier to have air conditioning in our own homes? Maybe instead of anticipating the need for these facilities, the government could work on making air conditioning more affordable. They can start by ditching this carbon tax.
A major problem with these cooling rooms is that people would have to spend an awful lot of time in them to avoid this increased incidence of heatwaves. Who wants to spend their summer in an oversized fridge as opposed to a beach (but then they probably won’t be around then)? How are people going to work (will we even have jobs?)?
Bolt has hit the nail on the head when he points out that warmer climates tend to save more lives. There is an optimal level, however, and while too much heat will obviously have disastrous consequences, the benefits of warmer temperatures do seem to be lost of the alarm-driven media. This disaster scenario continues to look more unlikely, however, with global temperatures failing to rise despite unprecedented emissions of greenhouse gases.