Almost as stupid as the “shrimp on a treadmill” study.


Congratulations, American taxpayer! You’ve just doled out $450,000 to Arizona State University so researchers can study whether people get hot when it’s hot outside, and if turning on the A/C actually helps.

The National Science Foundation just forked over nearly half a million bucks for the creation of “a simulation platform to enhance infrastructure and community resilience to extreme heat events.” The grant description explains this study is needed, of course, because we’re all roasting ourselves like rotisserie chickens under the heat lamp of man-made climate change.

The grant theorizes that “exposure to heat is a growing public health concern in many cities across the globe,” but adds that “very little is known about how people are exposed to heat during their day-to-day activities as they interact with urban infrastructure.”

So in order to study how people deal with heat, we apparently need to spend hundreds of thousands to research “factors including the types of homes people live in (and whether they have and use air conditioning),” which apparently isn’t a no-brainer….

We also need to study how people get around cities when it’s hot outside, because millennia of human travel just hasn’t taught us enough about walking from point A to point B in 95-degree weather to prepare us for the coming climate apocalpyse….


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  1. Kitten says:

    This story gives me hope for getting that grant to study if water is wet. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  2. Alain41 says:

    By the people who say that there is no debate on global warming, the science is settled.

    Likely reason for this is so planners can turn off electricity to parts of the grid for brownout electrical shortages while minimizing heat death (hospitals, senior homes, gen. pop.). Eg, other shoe of ‘smart meters’.

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