Nearly 110,000 people living in Maryland are especially vulnerable to extreme heat. But it is also important for us to talk about our rapidly warming planet. The frequency and severity of summer heat across the United States is being fueled by climate change.
Last year was the third hottest year on record with many parts of the country, including Maryland, experiencing oppressively hot days. This year is already bringing more of the same. But it gets worse: Currently, Maryland averages 10 dangerous heat days a year. By 2050, Maryland is projected to see a four times increase to 40 dangerous heat days each year.
This is alarming. Our news outlets should be helping ring the alarm bell and our local and state leaders, including Gov. Larry Hogan, should be doing more to lead the charge in response to this crisis.
Climate change is not a distant threat. It’s here, now, in Maryland, as this dangerous heat wave makes clear.