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Inaction on climate change imperils millions of lives, doctors say

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Nick Hagen

Climate change is set to become the “defining narrative of human health,” a top medical journal warned Wednesday — triggering food shortages, deadly disasters and disease outbreaks that would dwarf the toll of the coronavirus. But aggressive efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions from human activities could avert millions of unnecessary deaths, according to the analysis from more than 100 doctors and health experts.

10/20/21
                                                               

Climate Change Could Bring Rising Obesity Rates

By Robert Preidt

You can add obesity and its related health risks to the long list of threats posed by climate change, researchers report.

10/14/21
                                                               

The L.A. Times investigation into extreme heat’s deadly toll

Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Extreme heat is one of the deadliest consequences of global warming. But in a state that prides itself as a climate leader, California chronically undercounts the death toll and has failed to address the growing threat of heat-related illness and death, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found.

10/07/21
                                                               

Extreme heat is one of the deadliest consequences of climate change.

By Anna M. Phillips, Tony Barboza, Ruben Vives and Sean Greene Photo: Genaro Molina

For more than three weeks in 2020, back-to-back heat waves settled over the Southwest, claiming dozens of lives and leaving tens of millions of people sweltering in triple-digit temperatures. The days brought suffering and the nights offered little relief.

10/07/21

Urban Heat Exposure Has Tripled

Extreme heat exposure suffered by the world’s urban population tripled from 1983-2016, driven largely by climate change, a study published Monday in PNAS revealed. Researchers measured the number of person-days cities reached a wet-bulb temperature of 86°F (30°C), which is about 106°F on the “real feel” heat index. The skyrocketing number of urban person-days is also due in part to urbanization.

10/05/21
                                                               
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Climate Change Is The Greatest Threat To Public Health, Top Medical Journals Warn

By Lauren Sommer Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The rapidly warming climate is the “greatest threat” to global public health, more than 200 medical journals are warning in an unprecedented joint statement that urges world leaders to cut heat-trapping emissions to avoid “catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.”

09/07/21
                                                               

Beyond human endurance

By Ruby Mellen and William Neff

When it comes to heat, the human body is remarkably resilient — it’s the humidity that makes it harder to cool down. And humidity, driven in part by climate change, is increasing.

A measurement of the combination of heat and humidity is called a “wet-bulb temperature,” which is determined by wrapping a completely wet wick around the bulb of a thermometer. Scientists are using this metric to figure out which regions of the world may become too dangerous for humans.

07/28/21
                                                               

Biden administration, workers grapple with health threats posed by climate change and heat

By Eli Rosenberg and Abha Bhattarai Photo: Max Whittaker
Surging temperatures across the West Coast this summer are exposing another way that the changing climate threatens the country’s future: the danger it poses to workers, particularly those who work outside and in warehouses.
The issue has become such a concern that the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has put a new heat illness rule on a list of agenda items for the Biden administration to consider, calling it a top priority. Right now, there is no specific federal policy that governs heat-related workplace safety, leaving states to set their own approach.
07/19/21
                                                               

Authorities investigate hundreds of deaths linked to torrid Pacific Northwest weather

By Elinor Aspegren

Authorities from Oregon to British Columbia are investigating hundreds of deaths in connection to the historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest corridor.

06/30/21
                                                               

Ninety degree days occurring earlier and more often. A rising toll of health effects. What does this say about climate change?

By Sabrina Shankman Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

In Boston, there are now twice as many nights when temperatures don’t drop below 70 degrees. In Milton, the earliest 90-degree day now falls two weeks earlier than the historical average. And in both places, the number of 90-degree days has steadily climbed — fully doubling in Milton, at the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center — over the course of this decade, compared with historical averages.

06/07/21