Friday, July 23, 2010

Russian Heat Wave's Deadly Toll

For most of the past month, the temperatures around Russia have been hovering around 90 particularly near Moscow.

While that doesn't seem too bad when compared to the high temperatures seen in places like New York City, the lack of air conditioning is hitting hard. More than 2,000 people have drowned in pools, fountains, and other water sources as Russians attempt to beat the ongoing heat wave. 71 died in one 24-hour stretch. That compares with 23 who died in the US during a 3-day stretch during last week's heat wave where temperatures soared above 100 throughout parts of the Northeast.

Businesses haven't been able to keep up with the air conditioning demand and are back-ordered for weeks. Manufacturers can't keep up.

Would Stan Cox like to reevaluate his comments?

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