A former aluminum factory in Pennsylvania has shut down amid a climate change threat.
The Aluminum Plant in Salisbury Township is in the process of shutting down and will be replaced by a recycling facility, according to a statement issued Monday by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Aluminum production is now expected to drop from a total of about 1.8 million tons in 2020 to less than 1 million in 2030.
Alarmingly, the state has reported that the number of deaths from climate change related illnesses will increase from 7,000 in 2016 to almost 13,000 this year.
A recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 30 percent of Americans have asthma and a third have a medical condition that causes them to cough.
Alarms over the coming decades will likely grow, as CO2 levels increase, according the report.
The state has issued a voluntary deadline of March 8 for residents to turn off air conditioning, and residents in cities and towns with fewer than 1,000 residents must turn off their air conditioning systems by March 15.
Residents in some areas of the state are not allowed to turn on air conditioning while outdoors.
Statewide, the mercury has risen by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit (4.2 degrees Celsius) since January 1, and it is expected to climb further in coming days and weeks, according a U.N. report.
Agency officials say they have a plan to reduce the threat of a major weather event, but they do not expect that to be enough to keep the air conditioning working in the region.
The Alameda County Health Department said in a statement that the state had agreed to meet its voluntary cooling goals.
In the meantime, Alameda and neighboring counties will continue to experience “extremely high” humidity, which can lead to respiratory problems and asthma.
“This will continue for some time,” the statement said.
“We will continue monitoring air quality and other conditions in the Alameda area to ensure the air quality is safe.”
Alameda County has also issued a heat alert and has declared a heat wave for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.