Climate change will mean more heat deaths
May 21st, 2013
03:01 PM ET

Climate change will mean more heat deaths

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

As greenhouse gases cause average temperatures to climb worldwide, human health will suffer, scientists say.

study in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that heat deaths in Manhattan will increase over the rest of this century in connection with higher temperatures associated with global warming. In the 2020s, heat-related deaths could rise about 20% compared with the 1980s, according to the research.

"This paper helps to remind people that climate change is real, that it’s happening and we need to prepare and make ourselves as resilient as we can to climate change," said Patrick Kinney, the study's senior author and director of the Columbia Climate and Health Program at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "It’s a real problem that we face. It’s not insurmountable."

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