The 5 Hottest Places in the World This Summer


Earth is a planet of extremes. At its Poles, temperatures get so cold that only a handful of humans have ever even visited. At its hottest points, temperatures reach such heights that not even bacteria can survive on the surface. As the American summer is hitting its hottest days, you’re likely sweating it out by the air conditioner. Even so, be thankful you don’t have to handle heat as extreme as these regions do.

#5: Ghadames, Libya

Libya is in Northern Africa, so you might not think that it’d have some of the world’s hottest temperatures. Well, you’d be wrong. Ghadames is a small community of 10,000, located in the country’s southwestern portion. The hottest recorded summer temperature is 131 degrees Fahrenheit. Routine temperatures nearly as hot, forcing residents to live in huts with thick mud walls.

#4: Kebili, Tunisia

Civilization first made it to Tunisia in Northern Africa some 200,000 years ago. Some time later, our ancestors moved on, probably because it was so freakin’ hot. Today, temperatures regularly climb to 132 degrees. Fortunately, there is enough water and palm tree coverage that some relief is possible for Kebili’s people, though a Western standard of comfort is rare.

#3: Rub’al Khali, Arabian Peninsula

Though perhaps not as well-known as the Sahara, the Rub’al Khali Desert is actually the world’s largest continuous sand desert (The Sahara is larger, but with different clients breaking up its massive range). The Rub’al Khali stretches across a full third of the Arabian Peninsula. Annual rainfall often fails to exceed 1 inch. The highest temperature ever recorded here was 133 degrees, but with so much of the history of Rub’al Khali unrecorded, the highest ever temperature may have been much higher.

#2: Death Valley, California, United States of America

Death Valley in California’s Mojave Desert is the, usually, the hottest place on Earth, though hotter temperatures have been recorded elsewhere. Death Valley is formally uninhabitable, though critters like snakes and scorpions can be found, especially in the cooler nights. A record temperature of 134 degrees was recorded all the way back in 1913. This is the hottest temperature ever directly recorded by a human, though, as we’ll see, satellites have recorded even hotter temperatures elsewhere.

#1: Dasht-e Lut Desert, Iran

The Dasht-e Lut Desert in Iran is an inhospitable place. Everybody agrees. We know this because no life has been discovered in the salty desert. Even bacteria aren’t able to find a foothold, as high temperatures and ubiquitous salt combine to deprive life of its one necessary requirement: moisture. Because the 200 square mile desert is so harsh, humans rarely spend enough time within its borders to measure the torturous temperatures. This job has been delegated to satellites. NASA followed Dasht-e Lut temperatures for a period of 7 years, and during this time measured one day where the ambient air temperature climbed to 159 degrees Fahrenheit. At this level, human beings run serious risk of death, even in the shade. As you can imagine, no real society has ever really emerged from this particular desert region.

As temperatures in the United States hit the 80’s, 90’s, and (sometimes) 100’s, we may be suffering and cursing our electric bills, but our climates are nothing compared to the regions listed above. In your part of the world, a combination of air conditioning, iced beverages, and Mrs. Meyers sunscreen is likely enough to get you through the worst this summer has to offer. When the coming days get hot, just remember these record temperature regions and remember that things could always be worse.

Ways to Clean Without Harming the Environment Inside Your Home


When cleaning the home, one must carefully choose cleaning products from a diverse arsenal. On the one hand, we’ve got the nuclear arms: bleaches and synthetic chemicals that kill germs in seconds with very little effort on your part. On the other hand, we’ve got gentler techniques: natural, herb-based cleaning supplies that, while effective, don’t pack the chemical punch of our nuclear options.

A lot of people will tell you to choose one or the other. In reality, though, each cleaning method is appropriate for a different task. Using all-natural supplies could leave parts of your home slightly unsanitary, but using all chemical products could damage the ecosystem of your home. A healthy clean home is all about finding the right balance.

What do we mean by “Damaging the ecosystem of your home”? Chemical products are easily absorbed by the skin. The more often you use chemicals on surfaces like the floor and the sink, the more frequently your family’s skin will come in contact with them. Once absorbed, chemicals like these can cause allergies, inflammation, and all kinds of other negative symptoms. Chemical cleaners can also spread through the air, affecting lungs in humans and animals, and house plants can also be affected. By limiting the use of synthetic chemical cleaners, you’ll limit your family’s exposure to these harmful substances.

Where to Use Natural Cleaning Products

Natural cleaning products like Mrs. Meyers are more than appropriate for general cleaning of the floor, countertops, carpets, and just about anything else you can name. Combinations of natural acids found in vinegar, curing abrasives like salt, and organic soaps will be more than enough for most household applications. The key is to clean frequently enough that household messes don’t grow out of control.

Where to Use Stronger Chemical Cleaners

Sometimes we’ve got to take things up a notch. Chemical cleaners come in handy when life gives you its most unpleasant messes. If you’re dealing with accidents from pets or children, or cleaning jobs localized around the toilet, sink, or bathtub, chemical cleaners might be the best choice. Any part of your house that contains lots of moisture will also be a candidate for chemical cleaners. Bleach used to clean the wall in your basement, for example, might prevent black mold from getting established there, while gentler cleaners might leave the problem unaddressed.

The key to success is balance. Chemical cleaners serve an important purpose, but using them for every cleaning job in your entire home will be overkill. Overuse of chemicals like these can have many negative results. Professional cleaning chemicals are associated with skin and respiratory problems, for example. We don’t want to inadvertently endanger our children, pets, and other household members in a fit of cleaning fanaticism. We may end up causing even more problems than we solve.

To strike the perfect balance, choose natural cleaning products that seem to work well for you and your home. Then start a daily routine that involves cleaning of your house. Make sure to clean up the kitchen after meals, for example, and wipe out the tub after bathing the kids. By making cleaning part of daily life, you’ll ensure that big messes that require chemical cleaners don’t form in the first place.

We hope that you find the perfect balance between natural and chemical in the battle for a clean home. A clean home promotes health and wellbeing for everyone within, but striving for the perfectly sanitary often causes problems. As you gain more experience, you’ll learn exactly what works for you and yours. Good luck and happy cleaning!

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