|New Delhi road melting.|
And killing humans, over 1100 so far in India. Killer heat waves are an increasing phenomena on this relentlessly warming planet.
- 1980 - US Midwest - Twenty consecutive days of temperatures exceeding 100oF killed over 1700 people and destroyed over $20 billion in crops.
- 1995 Chicago - Just five days of 100oF killed over 750 people in Chicago alone.
- 2003 Europe - A massive, once in a millennium, heat wave spread across the continent killing over 75,000 people.
- 2006 Europe - A second, once in a millennium, heat wave struck Europe again. There were far fewer deaths this time in part because of efforts taken by governments to prevent deaths but mostly because many of the most vulnerable had already died three years earlier.
- 2010 Russia - Record shattering heat, a third once in a millennium heat wave even worse than the one that hit Europe in 2003, killed over 50,000 Russians.
- 2013 China - The worst heat wave in Chinese history struck that year. Chinese history goes back 3000 years.
- 2013 India - India had another killer heat wave just two years ago that killed over 500 people.