2013 March 27
originally posted on facebook

“Our limit applies to a person out of the sun, in gale-force winds, doused with water, wearing no clothing, and not working.”

Using purely thermodynamic considerations of the absolute limit of the human body to shed heat, the authors deduce that in the severe global warming scenario, a substantial fraction of the earth’s land would be uninhabitable (meaning going outside for several hours is fatal even if the person is in the shade, soaked in water, exposed to high winds, and does not expend effort).

PNAS

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