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Climate Change Means More Heat-Related Deaths in NYC

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Heat wave in New York : A man tries to cool himself with a bottle of waterA new study released Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change found that in the 2020s, heat-related mortality may rise by up to 20%. In the very worst cases, by the 2080s, that number might rise to 90%.

The study is the most thorough examination to date of the impact global warming will have on monthly temperaturerelated mortality in large cities. This is a pressing issue as more and more people are living in urban areas.

The average global surface temperatures are rising in direct relation to rising greenhouse gas emissions. This has, in turn, caused deadly, sometimes catastrophic, heat events. Cold weather extremes are also on the decrease.

The study refutes the commonly held belief that the deaths caused by heat are offset by the decreased number of deaths due to cold weather extremes.

Critics of the study note that it does not take into account adaptation measures like air conditioning or changes in humidity and air quality. This would likely lower mortality rates.

The study comes at an important time, just as large metropolitan areas like New York and Chicago head into the sometimes brutally hot summer months.

Being cognizant of heatrelated dangers and possible rise in mortality rates allows law enforcement to monitor the situation closely and make sure susceptible groups like children and the elderly are kept out of harm’s way.

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  1. Greenhouse gases may play a part in higher temps in urban areas but just a part. The bigger factors are concrete and asphalt. These surfaces absorb heat during the day and radiate it at night. Problem isn’t the heat so much as people don’t know how to keep cool. My suggestion is to educate people how to survive heat and cold extremes instead of saying it’s climate change. The artificial climate created in a urban area is of our own doing and can be changed somewhat. Paint everything in the city white and it will reflect some of the heat away. Of course this will keep the snowfall around a bit longer in the winter and spring so it’s a trade off. To blame deaths in urban areas on climate change is just nonsense. People on this planet have been living in areas of extreme temps for 100’s of years and now we can no longer learn to adapt or evolve. I guess that’s the whole point of the climate change debate, for some reason people think they can maintain the status quo concerning the environment. What massive arrogance. Climate change or global warming is simply a system of manipulation through fear in order to influence policy and control people. Problem is none of it adds up. Junk science that’s politically motivated to support an agenda. People are just easily fooled huh?

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