It was in the high 90s - maybe for old people in a closed up house with no fans that's dangerous, but I'm not understanding how almost 4,000 people died in just a couple days of heat. Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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1,027 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think of France as more of a backwards country, now that thousands have died from a lack of air conditioning?
It was in the high 90s - maybe for old people in a closed up house with no fans that`s dangerous, but I`m not understanding how almost 4,000 people died in just a couple days of heat.


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19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:13:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
I was so way off ... it wasn't 4000, it was 10,000 ... Europe Grapples With Heat Wave Death Toll
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:19:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think of America as a backwards country for contributing such a large percentage of global pollution that caused the heat wave leading to their deaths.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:25:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I think of France as a backward country because there are so many people without computers in their houses. No wonder there are so many Internet Cafes in Europe.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:45:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
toose, you are a moron.

How many polution guidelines does China have? None. Blame America for "global warming?" Global warming doesn't even exist.

19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:52:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. One of many unlucky and unprepared countries without air conditioned public buildings and facilities, yes.

btw, it's estimated that 300 people die each year in America from heat stroke, and in extreme cases up to 1,500. Heat kills, especially the elderly who get confused and can't help themselves.

19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:54:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
heat is like natural selection in motion.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:58:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Holy Sh*t, we only lost, what 3000? on September 11. That is unfu*kingbelievable.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 7:58:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course the article also says that they can't be sure all those ppl died of the heat, but how could they not know? It isn’t too hard to figure out.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 8:00:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
<quote>I think of America as a backwards country for contributing such a large percentage of global pollution that caused the heat wave leading to their deaths.>

If that is true then why don't we have this problem in America? Use your head F*cker

19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 8:00:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
to keep things in proprtion if 5000 Iraqis died of Dysentary or some other disease Medicnes san Frontiers would be pounding down our doors demanding to let them take over Iraq's healthcare facilites. Why are they so strangely silent perhaps it is because there are 10000 less people drawing on France's pension system. I hear ChIraq is having a bit of a budget problem.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 8:03:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
What do you mean CHIraq? Is that something I don't know about or just a typo?
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 8:04:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
it should have been ChrIraq a play on their idiot president's name.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/22/03 - 8:13:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, Chirak!! Or what ever that "Charles-DuGaulle-wannabe's" name is. I get it funny.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:12:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm beginning to note a strange correlation between Americans who say that global warming doesn't exist and Americans who say America doesn't cause a lot of pollution.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:15:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, isn't it odd Kaneda. Or just stupid, I haven't decided on which. I've never thought of France as backwards. I feel for all those people though. So sad for all the families.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:20:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Backwards because they didn't have ac that must be one of the most narrowminded things i've ever heard in Europe it's not seen as electricity or water supply.It's a commodity.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:25:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, just extremely unlucky to be caught so unprepared.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:31:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with thomjabbott.
The fact that there are so little airconditioners in comparison to the US is because it doesn't usually get that hot in Europe...and especially not for days in a row.

I feel priviledged to having lived in both Europe and the US. Priviledged because it has opened my eyes and taught me to never make swift judgements about other countries or continents I have never been in.

19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:38:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Having A/C isn't the reason these people are dying. There are millions of people around the world in worse conditions when it comes to the heat than that, and they aren't dying by the thousands. I'm not sure why so many people dyed in France "because" of the heat. But I personally don't think the heat is the main reason the people are dying.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:41:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's surely a big coincidence that this happened during the heat then, shaun.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:47:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I understand that heat can be deadly. But 10,000 people in just a few short days? It regularily gets 95+ during the summers here, and can sore to 105+, and even the old people who don't have A/C and other things like that bear it out. We had 90+ degree temps for 2 weeks straight at one point, and had less than 25 deaths due to that.

If they don't have A/C all of the time, then how come they can't cope with the heat? People in other parts of the world do it day in and day out, what's so different about Europeans that they can't handle it for a few days?

19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:50:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
shaun54 has been assassinated
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 1:58:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
They don't have A/C all of the time, because they don't HAVE to cope with the heat.
I'm from Holland...a couple of hundred miles north of France and hardly anyone has A/C in their house because there is hardly a need for it. It is estimated that during the heatwave 1000 Dutch people died.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 2:04:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well maybe I'm missing something, but what is the climate over there, in those parts of Europe?
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/24/03 - 2:07:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
France is a bit warmer than Holland, but it's very mild.
Usually warm winters (a lot of times without snow) and average summers. Usually around 75F or lower. Of course there are days and periods where it edges towards 85, but not that often.

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