At square miles, larger than Los Angeles by area, Phoenix is one of the most sprawling cities in the US. The ever-expanding reaches of concrete, asphalt, glass, and steel soak up the heat and radiate it slowly across the city, even block by block. So day after day, the heat builds, and builds, and builds. This is a phenomenon known as the heat island effect, and the warming it causes can be just as significant as warming due to emissions of greenhouse gases, albeit at different times of day.
The heat island effect is found in major cities throughout the world, but Phoenix stands out for just how high temperatures can get. The heat in turn threatens the stability of this urban environment.
Instead, rising temperatures weaken roadways, cause metal fatigue in bridges, and make the metal pipes that move water expand, crack, and leak. But the biggest threat from a heat wave may be a power failure.
In addition to losing efficiency in power plants, power lines have a diminished capacity when heated to high temperatures, and equipment like transformers and inverters see a higher failure rate. Chester, who coauthored the study warning that Phoenix could face the Katrina of extreme heat, explained that losing power jeopardizes not just air conditioning, but traffic lights, commuter rail, water sanitation systems, even fuel pumps for gasoline. So a blackout or brownout during a time when the city needs energy the most stands to create a propagating series of failure and disruption, halting the economy and potentially taking lives.
Higher temperatures make it harder for the body to shed excess heat. Higher temperatures make physiological processes harder. It can cause proteins to malform. Oxygen is moved with less efficiency. When the body temperature rises up too high, it creates conditions like hyperthermia, which can then lead to heat stroke and death. Maricopa County, which encompasses Phoenix, has reported more heat-related deaths in each of the past few years.
High temperatures are lethal to people with existing problems like heart disease and emphysema. It accelerates the formation of ozone, a major pollutant. That can also contribute to breathing difficulties. The indirect harms from heat may in fact be far larger than maladies caused directly from heat, but they are much more difficult to track.
Time matters when it comes to risk from heat. If the temperature is hot enough, it can start to harm people in just a few minutes. When high temperatures endure, the body gets little time to cool off. And in cities like Phoenix, such relief becoming increasingly scarce as nighttime temperatures continue to rise as well. In the past 20 years, nighttime temperatures in Phoenix have shot up 9 degrees Fahrenheit on average. This is a major health risk factor. David Sailor, director of the Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State, examined what would happen under the combined effect of heat on health and infrastructure.
In a study published in May, he reported that the risk of power outages under extreme heat is only growing. Sailor and his colleagues found that even under the current level of warming, a blackout would be devastating for Phoenix.
That means cooling tactics have to be targeted at the most vulnerable areas, which will require careful planning and measurement. The biggest need, according to Hartman, is to rethink urban surfaces.
Painting roads and roofs light, reflective colors can go a long way toward mitigating heat. Vegetation like trees and even cacti can transport moisture through the air that can cool an area. Shade for walkable areas, particularly in neighborhoods where residents have to walk to transit stops, can shield people from the heat.
Implementing these measures requires a comprehensive view of the warming situation and aggressive action on the part of the city. Eventually Phoenix could limit its absorption of heat from the desert sun. The world, however, is still warming, and temperatures after the sun sets will likely continue to rise. Climate change is undoubtedly hitting Phoenix hard, and even in a city famous for its heat, it will profoundly change its way of life.
With few tolerable outdoor hours in the day, many jobs will increasingly become nocturnal. Recreation activities like hiking are beginning to become more popular before the sun comes up. That means millions of people will have to live hermetically sealed off from the world outside for a long and growing stretch of the year.
On , during the rescue operation of the 33 unfortunate miners in Chile, the following strange curiosities were visible:. The bird is considered a symbol of accomplishment of alchemical transmutation, a process equivalent to human regeneration. In the Mysteries it was customary to refer to initiates as phoenixes or men who had been born again, for just as physical birth gives man consciousness in the physical world, so the neophyte, after nine degrees in the womb of the Mysteries, was born into a consciousness of the Spiritual world.
A fact that we cannot ignore is that once the miners were rescued, they were told to wear a shirt with a symbol of an inverted pentagram, also known as Baphomet or Mendes Goat.
But why would a two-headed Eagle be adopted by Masonry, instead of a one-headed Eagle? Masonic author R. Swinburne Clymer explains:. When they [pagans] desired to express the renewal, or beginning, of the year, they represented it in the form of a door-keeper. The image starts to take shape at minute 2.
As the initiate Mason goes through the 32 degrees of the Scottish Rite, he surrenders his soul to the satanic occult and pursues blood sacrifice rituals.
As the member progresses to the 17th degree, the Masons claim that a password will permit entrance at the judgment day to the Judeo-Masonic deity, the Great Architect of the Universe.
We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?
This work continues, the story goes on, and an angel still rise in the whirlwind and directs this storm. During his life Steiner spent a great amount of time creating what is known today as the Anthroposophical Secret Society. The similarities between this sculpture, the head of the Ahriman and some of the images of the attacks are really impressive.
It is the Dead that govern. The living only obey. Carved out of wood, it stands about 24 feet high and it was created sometime between and Rudolf Steiner Web portal. The following curiosities are images from works of Rudolf Steiner being compared to images of the attacks. Image captured by Mark D. Ahriman is all creation towards a negative counter-creation.
Was it the Society of the Unknown, Philosophers who sealed the new nation with the ancient and eternal emblems? Hall, The Secret Destiny on America, p. Is the American eagle actually a Phoenix? The pyramid and the all-seeing eye represent the Universal House surmounted by the radiant emblem of the Great Architect of the Universe… These three symbols in combination is more than chance or coincidence. The original design submitted for the Great Seal of the United States depicted the Phoenix in a nest of flames.
This pagan symbol was discreetly changed to the eagle to obscure its occult symbolism: the planned destruction of the United States of America. After the downfall of the four great world empires, Daniel, in his visions, say the rise of a fifth, the Empire of the Messiah. This Messiah was not a personal Messiah but the Jewish people.
The kings and rulers of the world showing their unconditional alliance to Israel. Explore music. Dennis Smith. Keith Church. Terry Henry. Eric Scipio. Simon Brookes. Carl W Meier. Purchasable with gift card. This is a special edition LP with 3 sides and an etched art on the 4th side. It comes with a 4 panel gatefold jacket and semi-gloss coating. The Sun of Tabriz A Vicious Murder Rumi's Solitude It is speaking of separations: "Ever since I was severed from the reed field, men and women have lamented at my shrill cries.
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