Global warming now responsible for a third of heat-related deaths

Between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of all deaths in which heat played a role were attributable to human-induced global warming, according to a new article in Nature Climate Change.

The study, the largest of its kind, was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Bern within the Multi-Country Multi-City Collaborative Research Network. Using data from 732 locations in 43 countries around the world it shows for the first time the actual contribution of man-made climate change in increasing mortality risks due to heat.

Overall, the estimates show that 37% of all heat-related deaths in the recent summer periods were attributable to the warming of the planet due to anthropogenic activities. This percentage of heat-related deaths attributed to human-induced climate change was highest in Central and South America…and South-East Asia…

RTFA. Keep up with it, folks. The political struggle to fight this ever-expanding disaster requires information, knowledge.

25 thoughts on “Global warming now responsible for a third of heat-related deaths

    • New Norm says:

      ‘Unplanned’ outages hit Texas power plants in soaring temperatures : One official said he was “deeply concerned” about the number of offline plants. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/unplanned-outages-hit-texas-power-plants-amid-soaring-temperatures-n1270827
      A spokeswoman for the power grid operator told reporters that the outages accounted for more than 12,000 megawatts, enough to power 2.4 million homes. Some areas of the state, including Dallas and Tarrant counties, were warned about poor air quality and potentially dangerous heat, with the heat index approaching 110 degrees.

      • Update says:

        Historic heat wave brings 100-degree heat to 40 million people in western U.S.
        Records are toppling as the extreme heat reinforces a devastating drought https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/06/15/record-heat-western-us-drought/
        More than 40 million Americans are in the crosshairs of triple-digit heat this week, with some spots soaring over 120 degrees as records fall across the West. The heat in many areas is dangerous, prompting excessive-heat warnings in seven states where temperatures will be hazardous to human health.
        The heat also reinforces a devastating drought that continues to reshape the landscape of the West while bolstering worries of what lurks ahead in the fall come fire season. More than half of the western United States is gripped by “extreme” or “exceptional” drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the two most severe categories.
        …several days of unrelenting, record-threatening heat is predicted to take a toll. Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States, so National Weather Service offices are urging preparedness.
        The frequency and intensity of heat events, tied to sprawling areas of high pressure colloquially known as heat domes, have been linked to human-induced climate change. While events like this aren’t caused by climate change, they are intensified by it, their magnitudes becoming markedly more severe.

  1. Boiling frog says:

    SpaceX’s Satellite Internet Shuts Down Because It’s Too Hot in Arizona https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kvkga/spacexs-satellite-internet-shuts-down-because-its-too-hot-in-arizona
    According to the technical specifics for the Starlink satellite dish user terminal, dubbed “Dishy McFlatface” by SpaceX, its optimal operating temperature is between -22°F to 104°F. Reportedly going beyond that in either direction will trigger “Dishy’s self-protective instincts.”
    An operating temperature is the allowable temperature range of the local ambient environment at which an electrical or mechanical device operates. The device will operate effectively within a specified temperature range which varies based on the device function and application context, and ranges from the minimum operating temperature to the maximum operating temperature (or peak operating temperature). Outside this range of safe operating temperatures the device may fail. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_temperature

  2. Cassandra says:

    Earth has been trapping heat at an alarming new rate, study finds : “The magnitude of the increase is unprecedented.”
    The amount of heat trapped by Earth’s land, ocean, and atmosphere doubled over the course of just 14 years https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/18/22539924/earth-trapping-heat-climate-change-nasa
    Joint NASA, NOAA Study Finds Earth’s Energy Imbalance Has Doubled https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/joint-nasa-noaa-study-finds-earths-energy-imbalance-has-doubled

  3. p/s says:

    “Farmworkers Endure Brutal Conditions During Historic Heat Wave : The elderly and children are among the thousands of agricultural workers who are harvesting blueberries and cherries throughout the Pacific Northwest’s ‘heat dome.'” https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7ezk4/farmworkers-endure-brutal-conditions-during-historic-heat-wave
    “The Heat Wave Is Literally Melting Portland’s Infrastructure : Train service has shut down and roads are buckling under a heat wave that climate experts say will only get more frequent.” https://www.vice.com/en/article/k78gk3/pacific-northwest-heatwave-portland-seattle-melting-infrastructure

  4. Temperature's risin' says:

    Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57654133
    Canada broke its temperature record for a third straight day on Tuesday – 49.6C (121.3F) in Lytton, British Columbia. Before Sunday, temperatures in Canada had never passed 45C (113℉)
    In the US Pacific Northwest on Monday, temperatures hit 46.1C (114.98) in Portland, Oregon, and 42.2C (107.96F) in Seattle, Washington, the highest levels since record-keeping began in the 1940s, the National Weather Service said.
    Highs were nearly 40 degrees above normal for this time of year across much of the region.

  5. p/s says:

    With the Pacific region hitting record-setting temperatures in the last few weeks, a new study from Canada shows the heat waves’ enormous impact on marine life: an estimated 1 billion sea creatures on the coast of Vancouver have died as a result of the heat, a researcher says.
    But that number is likely to be much higher, professor Christopher Harley from the University of British Columbia says. https://www.npr.org/2021/07/09/1014564664/billion-sea-creatures-mussels-dead-canada-british-columbia-vancouver
    The die-off could have ripple effects beyond the shore
    Malin Pinsky, an associate professor of marine biology at Rutgers University, said the extreme heat contributes to a “massive reorganization of ocean life.”
    “Species are shifting towards the poles of the earth at about 60 km (37 miles) per decade, and it doesn’t happen slowly, bit by bit. It often happens in these extreme events, where a large population of something like mussels can die,” Pinsky said.

  6. Update says:

    Bootleg Fire rages through Oregon, threatening California’s electricity supply https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/07/12/bootleg-fire-oregon-disaster-environment/
    Californians responded to pleas from the state’s power grid operator to conserve energy usage Saturday after a fire in southern Oregon tripped interstate transmission lines, siphoning a “significant” amount of power as California endured a brutal heat wave.
    The California Independent System Operator said during a Saturday news conference that three transmission lines on the California-Oregon Intertie were taken offline by the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon — trimming the state’s available power by 5,500 megawatts. https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article252694863.html

  7. dolphinwrite says:

    We encourage people who honestly think for themselves, do real research and ponder, to share their understanding, such that gobbledeegook like this article are shown for the propagandized minds they are. I don’t know if dishonesty is always the reason, but serious propaganda and mismanaged thinking, much of what happens in those propaganda camps parents are encouraged to send their children, many opting to home school for they see how such articles as this one have been written through serious lack of real thought and research. Have to say it like it is. We think it’s the same mindset that allows people to believe a haphazard big bang created the order of the cosmos, that single celled (One of the most complex organisms, far more complex than any supercomputer) mutated into human beings with understanding, and that aliens visit their homes to have cigars. **For readers truly seeking to understand, there are tons of scientists one can look up, on both sides of the issue, but an honest person will be able to differentiate truth from lies. ***Following the above article, one could say picnics cause rain, so when we don’t want rain, we should legislate against picnics. After all. It’s the human thing to do.

  8. moss says:

    Superstitious, more than biased approach to science. Relying on rococo reasoning like ‘both sides of any question have equal weight” is simple crap whether discussing history or gravity…or climate change and responsible action.

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