Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat



Global risk of deadly heat

Climate change can increase the risk of conditions that exceed human thermoregulatory capacity.

Planting healthy air: Trees, particulate matter pollution and extreme heat

This study from the Nature Conservancy reviews the positive cooling effects of urban trees planting on hot city climates and the quality of their air.


Inaction on climate change imperils millions of lives, doctors say

By Sarah Kaplan  Photo: Nick Hagen   10/20/21  
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.…

Climate Change Could Bring Rising Obesity Rates

By Robert Preidt   10/14/21  
You can add obesity and its related health risks to the long list of threats posed by climate change, researchers report.

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

Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times   10/07/21  
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…

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   10/07/21  
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…

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…

Climate Change Is The Greatest Threat To Public Health, Top Medical Journals Warn

By Lauren Sommer  Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images   09/07/21  
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…

Beyond human endurance

By Ruby Mellen and William Neff   07/28/21  
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…

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

By Eli Rosenberg and Abha Bhattarai  Photo: Max Whittaker   07/19/21  
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…

Authorities investigate hundreds of deaths linked to torrid Pacific Northwest weather

By Elinor Aspegren   06/30/21  
Authorities from Oregon to British Columbia are investigating hundreds of deaths in connection to the historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest corridor.

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   06/07/21  
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,…

‘Wake-up call:’ Climate change could edge Earth’s annual temperature past Paris agreement limits in 5 years

By Doyle Rice  Photo: Charlie Reidel   05/27/21  
The odds of the planet continuing to warm over the next several years have increased, top meteorologists said Thursday in a new report. In fact, within the next five years, there's now a 40% chance…

An unexpected side effect of climate change? More stillbirths

By Matthew Rozsa  Photo: Salon/Getty Images   05/25/21  
Climate change is perhaps the greatest existential threat that humanity has ever faced — and as environmental research accumulates, we keep discovering unexpected side effects of making industrial civilization reliant on fossil fuels. The latest…

Without swift action on climate change, heat waves could kill thousands in U.S. cities

By Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky  Photo: Jun Cen / for NBC News   06/16/19  
If global warming sometimes seems like a distant or abstract threat, new research casts the phenomenon in stark, life-or-death terms. It predicts that in the absence of significant progress in efforts to curb emissions of…

This is how climate change takes a toll on the heart

By Sarah DeWeerdt  Photo: Thomas Hawk via Flickr   03/19/19  
Doctors know that cold temperatures can trigger heart attacks. But the effect of hot weather on heart attack risk has been more difficult to establish. Now, a team of German researchers has found evidence that…

Study sees dramatic rise in heatwave deaths by 2080

By Reuters Staff   07/31/18  
The number of people dying from heatwaves is likely to rise sharply in some regions by 2080 if policymakers fail to take mitigating steps in climate and health policies, according to the results of a…

Deadly Heat Waves Threaten Third of the World

By Megan Trimble  Photo by Thibaud Moritz   06/20/17  
Scorching heat grounded planes in parts of the U.S. on Monday, the same day researchers released a study that finds the globe is only getting hotter and, as a result, potentially deadlier. Currently, nearly a…

Attributing human mortality during extreme heat waves to anthropogenic climate change

By Daniel Mitchell , Claire Heaviside & Others   07/08/16  
It has been argued that climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. The extreme high temperatures of the summer of 2003 were associated with up to seventy thousand excess deaths…