In this 2019 article in Rolling Stone, writer Jeff Goodell poses an existential question of our planet: Can we survive in extreme heat. He points out that humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and that we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come.
The article was written at a time when temperatures at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport had reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Hundreds of flights were being delayed or cancelled due to the fact that heavily laden passenger aircraft couldn’t generate enough lift to take off in such thin, hot air. Phoenix is already located in a hot region and the urban heat island effect can make the city as much as 21 degrees hotter than surrounding areas. How will humanity cope with a climate that is heating up everywhere?
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of wearing cooling vests which cooled torso and neck area of athletes during half-time (HT) on intermittent exercise performance that imitated intermittent athletic games. This kind of ‘intermittent effort’ simulation best describes sports like American football or Rugby in which the actions is stop and start, throughout a game. The results of the experiment indicated that wearing a cooling vest during breaks (such as half time) significantly improves intermittent exercise performance in the heat with decreased neck and mean skin temperature and improved subjective responses.