Taylor Swift's Eras Tour Confronts the Climate Crisis
The pop star’s gig in Brazil over the weekend wasn’t the first to be affected by climate change — and it won’t be the last.
Taylor Swift, one of the world’s most successful and wealthiest pop stars, has come face to face with the climate crisis in Brazil during her global Eras tour.
Fans struggled through a Friday night performance in Rio de Janeiro as extreme heat and humidity hit the city, with many complaining about poor access to water. Last week, temperatures in Rio topped 39.1C (102.4F), but it was the humidity that made the unseasonal heat even more dangerous. The heat index — essentially the “feels-like” temperature combining heat and humidity — reached 59.3C on Friday and 59.7C on Saturday. The show for Saturday was postponed until Monday due to concerns for people’s safety.