A sign the shape of a red stop sign warns of extreme heat danger at Badwater Basin with a couple taking a selfie in the distance.


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The risks of extreme heat are often overlooked. The newly formed Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance wants to develop a system for naming heat waves, like we name hurricanes, to bring more attention to the "silent killer."

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A sign warns of extreme heat danger at Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, Calif., Aug. 17, 2020. Death Valley recorded 130 degrees on Sunday.


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