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OSHA cites Florida labor contractor after farmworker dies from heat illness

A federal workplace safety investigation revealed that a 35-year-old farmworker died from heat illness on a Duette, Florida, farm in April 2022, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday. Inspectors learned the employee of Citrus Harvesting Inc., which is facing a $29,004 fine, was harvesting strawberries at 5:45 p.m. when others observed the worker …

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As U.K. hit with more extreme heat, demand grows for air conditioning where none existed

Sweat streams down Rob Bushprnr’s face as he struggles under the morning sun to bend the copper piping in a North London backyard that will soon be attached to a brand new air conditioner. According to government and market research company estimates, less than five per cent of homes in the U.K. have air conditioning. …

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Americans limit air conditioning as electric bills soar amid heat wave

New York CNN Business  —  Even when the temperature soars into the 90s, Linda Morris won’t turn on her air conditioning until she feels she’s about to faint. Instead, the retired postal worker tries to escape the heat in the unfinished basement of her Hickory Hills, Illinois, home. She brought down a chair so she …

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Biden unveils AC subsidies during heat wave, promises action after Manchin blocks climate bill

President Biden traveled to Massachusetts Wednesday to announce more than $2 billion in environmental spending including subsidies for air conditioning units — as he vowed more executive actions to combat the “climate crisis” with Sen. Joe Manchin blocking a new spending bill. Biden, speaking in front of a former coal power plant that’s being converted to support offshore …

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Many families don’t have resources to the heat wave engulfing the nation

The air conditioner at the home that Vogt, 32, her three children and teenage nephew rent in southeast San Antonio has been broken for several months. At some point, Vogt gave her kids cups of ice to chew or popsicles all day long, hoping it would help them cool their bodies. “I couldn’t let any …

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Your AC can be cut off in a heat wave over an unpaid energy bill

The human body can’t withstand extra-hot temperatures for very long. A healthy person can tolerate 95 degrees Fahrenheit of combined heat and humidity for a few hours, but prolonged exposure causes weakness, cramps, confusion, dizziness, and dehydration. After a certain point, vital organs like the brain begin to swell. Nearly 100 million Americans faced these …

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Humidity, not the heat, is causing your AC to work overtime

This just in from the laboratory: When it comes to the air conditioner chugging away in the window, it’s not the heat — but the humidity that’s causing it to work overtime. An analysis by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden found that on average more than half of the energy used …

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