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Old Yesterday, 09:55 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Im sorry to say, but people should not be living in areas where you can literally die just from being outside!
And people can also die of heat stroke, sometimes in the very same cities where people freeze to death in the winter. We could all become nomads I suppose...
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Old Yesterday, 09:56 AM
 
Location: equator
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Im sorry to say, but people should not be living in areas where you can literally die just from being outside!


I heard a coworker talking about this from a different perspective, something Ive never thought about, we get these extreme cold temps every year for the most part, but deaths from exposure continue to happen year after year...why are humans not 'adapting' or evolving to their environments? It seems logical that since this has been something certain areas have to deal with every year, the human body would 'adapt' in order to survive, maybe adding more body fat before winter comes or some other physical mechanism that would allow the body the survive extreme cold.
The Inuit people have adapted. Short and stocky with fat layers. So have the Quechua of the high mountains of Peru/Ecuador. Same short and stocky with fat that lets them survive in cold or high altitude situations.

In temps like these, metal freezes and locks and doors might freeze shut, some poor person trying to get in.
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Old Yesterday, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Deceiving. The extreme cold may have contributed to his death. he could have suffered a heart attack, seizure, stroke among other things.
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Old Yesterday, 10:11 AM
 
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And people can also die of heat stroke, sometimes in the very same cities where people freeze to death in the winter. We could all become nomads I suppose...
YES...and this has been happening for CENTURIES, year after year after year...I guess we are the only species on the planet that does not adapt/ evolve to our environment?!!
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Old Yesterday, 10:12 AM
 
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The Inuit people have adapted. Short and stocky with fat layers. So have the Quechua of the high mountains of Peru/Ecuador. Same short and stocky with fat that lets them survive in cold or high altitude situations.

In temps like these, metal freezes and locks and doors might freeze shut, some poor person trying to get in.
I wonder why they are the only ones to evolve/ adapt?
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Old Yesterday, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Im sorry to say, but people should not be living in areas where you can literally die just from being outside!


I heard a coworker talking about this from a different perspective, something Ive never thought about, we get these extreme cold temps every year for the most part, but deaths from exposure continue to happen year after year...why are humans not 'adapting' or evolving to their environments? It seems logical that since this has been something certain areas have to deal with every year, the human body would 'adapt' in order to survive, maybe adding more body fat before winter comes or some other physical mechanism that would allow the body the survive extreme cold.
Seriously? Show me a place on Earth where you are completely safe to go outside all year round? Mother nature is a threat to reckon with, no matter where you are in the world. From lightning storms, to flash floods, to hurricanes, volcanoes, Earthquakes, raging wild fires, tornadoes, etc.....
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Old Yesterday, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Florida
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YES...and this has been happening for CENTURIES, year after year after year...I guess we are the only species on the planet that does not adapt/ evolve to our environment?!!
It's not so much about adaptation, it's just that animals don't need to go out and work for a living to keep a roof over their head. Ever hear about migration and hibernation?
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Old Yesterday, 12:25 PM
 
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We don't know how he died yet, but it doesn't appear to be foul play. Sometimes things just happen. I'm sorry for this man and his family.
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Old Yesterday, 02:21 PM
 
Location: NJ
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A FedEx worker found dead at a delivery facility was one of 23 killed in the extreme weather
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The man, whose name wasn't released, is among 23 people killed in the United States as a result of extreme weather conditions this week. Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, announced three deaths on Friday, including a 92-year-old man.

It wasn't immediately clear how long the worker had been there, or why he was there. The hub had been closed on Wednesday.

The three dead from the cold in Chicago were the man, 92, and two women, 62 and 73, the medical examiner's office said.
In New York's Erie County, three deaths were reported Thursday. They included someone found dead at a bus stop, and two men who were removing snow, said Peter Anderson, spokesman for the county executive's office.

Eight were in Iowa, where some were due to car wrecks in snowy conditions. Weather-related deaths were also reported in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin and New York, authorities said.

One of the Iowa deaths was Gerald Belz, a sophomore student at the University of Iowa, who died outside a building on campus.
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Old Yesterday, 02:43 PM
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Location: You call this living?
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YES...and this has been happening for CENTURIES, year after year after year...I guess we are the only species on the planet that does not adapt/ evolve to our environment?!!
Evolution isn't that fast. It would take tens of thousands of years, not just centuries. However, perhaps the obesity epidemic is a step in that direction.
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