And to think that we are only at the beginning of global warming. You should not think about how many deaths will be caused by extreme heat in 10 to 20 years if we are not doing anything about tackling global warming. This article talks about New York but of course the third world countries such as Africa will be hit hard and the heat will also bring water and food scarcity.
Once the average worldwide temperature rises to 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial period, nearly 5,800 people are expected to die each year in New York City during particularly hot years, more than 2,500 are forecast to die annually in Los Angeles, and more than 2,300 lives will be lost annually in Miami.
These deaths are predicted for any year that was the warmest for 30 years.
This dire scenario would probably be avoided if the world was able to keep to its commitments made in the Paris Climate Agreement, where governments pledged to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C, with an aspiration to keep the increase to 1.5 degrees C.
If global heating was limited to 1.5 degrees C, a total of 2,716 lives would be saved each year from heat mortality in New York City, the researchers found. Thousands of lives across other U.S. cities would also be saved, right down to San Francisco, where 114 people a year would avoid dying due to the heat, compared to a 3 degrees C world.
Thousands of heat-related deaths in major U.S. cities could be avoided if rising global temperatures are curbed, new research has found. Once the average worldwide temperature rises to 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial period, nearly 5,800 people are expected to die each year in New […]
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