From the New York Times:
"We think of extreme heat as kind of a localized phenomenon," said Justin Mankin, a climate scientist at Dartmouth College and a co-author of the study. "What's really kind of wild about the heat waves we're in the midst of right now, is not just their magnitude, but the number of people they're affecting simultaneously."
Mr. Mankin said in the United States alone, there are 32 million people who work outdoors. The proportion of outdoor laborers is much higher in developing countries, he noted. Extreme heat also stresses power plants, causing rolling blackouts, and even sometimes cause roadways to buckle.
"We built an economy and a set of practices coded to a past climate," he said, "not the one that is unfolding."
Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/18/business/extreme-heat-economy.html