HOTTEST DAYS IN U.S. MAY BE 15 DEGREES WARMER THAN THIS SUMMER

[Permalink]

15 august 2018

PUBLIC HEALTH
U.S. cities brace for more heat-related problems

eenews, Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Heat is now the cause of death for more Americans than floods, hurricanes or other natural disasters.

It's quickly becoming a nationwide problem. Recent research suggests warming conditions are leading to suicides. Rising nighttime temperatures have led to lack of sleep and relief from hot days.

A study published in GeoSpace last week found that a warming climate will cause thousands more people to check into emergency rooms for heat-related illness.

"There's a point where the human body can't cool itself, which means you are either in an air-conditioned space or you're having serious health problems," said Gregory Wellenius, an epidemiologist at Brown University. "Some places in the U.S. will get to that point. The way we live, work and play will be altered by rising temperatures."

The hottest days experienced in the United States could be an additional 15 degrees warmer this century if nothing is done to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Cities throughout the country will have to tackle the problem.

East Coast locations that are relatively cooler, like Philadelphia and Baltimore, have the most excess heat-related deaths of the whole country.

Western residents "may be a little more attuned to the issues — like don't jog your 5 miles at noon, do it at 5 a.m.," said Dr. Caroline Johnson, a senior official at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. "Some of that may come as a surprise to people around here"


>>> Back to list