Heat Wave

aE Mayor Richard M. Daley and many high ranking officials in the city of Chicago's government were warned in advance of the potentially fatal effects of such a heat wave, but as temperatures soared over 100F (with a heat index nearing 130F) very little was done.

In his book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Eric Klinenberg brings to light how a number of social, political, ecological, and economical factors aligned to create one of the largest and most traumatic meteorological events in recent history. An event of such magnitude that it doubled the number who died in the great Chicago fire of 1871, and eclipsed the death toll of Hurricane Andrew by a figure twenty times as great.

The group that was most affected by the events of the July, 1995 heat wave was the increasing population of poor elderly who live alone in social isolation, especially those who live in areas with exceedingly high crime rates. Seventy-three percent of those who perished were over the age of sixty-five. In 1970 about 10.9 million people lived alone, by 1996 that number soared to 24.9 million. Of those reported as living alone in 1996, forty percent, or about 10 million were


 
 
 
 
 
 



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High Noon Rear Window... that increases tensions, so, too, in Rear Window tension and meaning are heightened by regular shots of a thermometer which expresses the heat wave occurring. ... (1748 7 )

Types of Air Pollution... Smog normally rises and dissipates in the upper air, but a heat wave can trigger a thermal inversion against which polluted air bounces and, trapped, fans out ... (1244 5 )

The Attica Prison Riot... Maryland has banned inmates from smoking in their cells. Texas even withheld fans from inmates as punishment in the middle of a historic heat wave (Cannon). ... (1102 4 )

RIOTS IN THE UNITED STATES... During an August heat wave in Los Angeles in 1965, a California highway patrolman stopped a young black motorist for speeding (National Advisory Commission on ... (2833 11 )

RIOTS IN THE UNITED STATES... During an August heat wave in Los Angeles in 1965, a California highway patrolman stopped a young black motorist for speeding (National Advisory Commission on ... (2828 11 )

Factors Affecting Consumption by Hotel Guests... techniques for hotels that are promoted by the program include the reuse of laundry water and heat reclamation (Shaw, 1992, pp. 17 18). The WAVE program also ... (2727 11 )

 
 

 
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