NPR, One Hundred Nine Degrees Fahrenheit, Two Percent discussed on Fresh Air


Listening to All Things Considered from NPR news for the second time in a month a heat wave is scorching Europe temperatures are breaking records across the continent sending millions of people scrambling to stay cool we checked in with our correspondents in France and Germany to see how they're faring in countries that don't typically have air conditioning NPR's Eleanor Beardsley in Paris begins our coverage Paris has never been this hot the temperature soared to nearly one hundred nine degrees Fahrenheit today breaking the previous record of a hundred and four set in nineteen forty seven Parisians most of whom don't have air conditioning word desperate for somewhere to go and the fountains at the Andre Centro in part by did relief for kids and adults accountant Rasheeda last three took the day off to bring her three children she says the heat is on my son had a nose bleed we had to get out of the house today it's really extreme to have to hit with like this in one month we're not prepared yeah there's no doubt this is coming from climate change probably going to have this every summer now Jennifer in sun is a tourist from Columbia yes now I come if the bodies like two months ago and the the heat this so hard it is like Columbia Columbia is say cut EVN area for example almost all of the places that is a C. N. in the condos that is so important Seoul is easier Paris which is usually in the eighties in the summer is not built for this kind of heat it's so bad the trains had to be slowed because of tracks swelling in the heat the high speed train linking Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam suspended ticket sales even Notre dom is suffering the chief architect of rebuilding at the cathedral said the intense heat increases chances the cathedrals vaulted ceiling could collapse it's not much better elsewhere in Europe this is Deborah Amos in Berlin temperatures in Germany where the highest ever recorded at a hundred and eight the hottest day this week in a country that dismisses air conditioning as something Americans do here fans in personal cooling systems are sold out and players complain this heat stifles productivity schools close when temperatures soar only two percent of German homes are mechanically cooled Zillah who works in a sweltering office at a film company in Berlin says a generation of Germans believe air conditioning makes them sick because they always thinking they will get a cold but it's really hot are they re thinking that no her office made Tim Kroger entries I don't know why we don't think about it but we don't is this hot you don't think about it not really they would be awesome but maybe we need to rethink sweatshops specially at work but more Germans are rethinking they say heat waves are the new normal and climate change is here to stay air conditioning installers have been flooded with calls as Germans absorb more drastic signs of a changing climate Germany's forests are on the verge of collapse according to a study out this week more than a million trees of die due to drought and winter storms Deborah Amos NPR news Berlin and.

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