Killer heat fueled by climate change could cause an additional 150,000 deaths this century in the biggest US cities if no steps are taken to curb carbon emissions and improve emergency services, according to a new report by the NRDC, the Natural Resources Defense Council, reports Deborah Zabarenko at Reuters News. Cities with the highest projected death tolls ranging from 15 to 20 thousand each, are Louisville, Detroit and Cleveland, concluded the analysis of peer-reviewed data. Concentrated populations of poor people without access to air conditioning are expected to contribute to the rising death tolls.
Thousands of additional heat deaths were also projected by century’s end for Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., the report said. Summers are expected to see above-normal temperatures over most of the lower 48 states, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a recent forecast. NRDC, which with other environmental groups has pushed for curbs on U.S. emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, is backing a plan by the US Environmental Protection Agency to limit carbon emissions from new U.S. power plants.
150,000 more US heat deaths projected by 2100. Killer heat fueled by climate change could cause an additional 150,000 deaths this century in the biggest US cities if no steps are taken to curb carbon emissions and improve emergency services, according to a new report. Reuters http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/05/23/us-climate-heat-deaths-idUKBRE84M1GQ20120523