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New study says 37 percent of heat-related deaths are a result of climate change

According to a new study from Nature Climate Change, 37 percent of all global heat deaths are because of climate change.

The study looked at 732 places in 43 countries from 1991-2018 which is nearly three decades. The group used information including heat deaths and temperature readings to build computer models that calculated how many deaths could be attributed to climate change. The numbers varied by region with warmer areas having a higher percentage of climate related deaths than cooler areas.

The study was found to have some limitations. African and Southeast Asian countries had no data on climate related deaths as they are poorer countries. Due to this the study could not conduct research in these areas. Older people are found to be especially vulnerable to climate related deaths. Heat related deaths in the elderly have increased 54 percent from 2000 to 2018.

“The countries where we do not have the necessary health data are often among the poorest and most susceptible to climate change, and, concerningly, are also the projected major hotspots of future population growth,” according to climate researcher Dann Mitchell. “Obtaining these data will be key for science to provide the information needed to help these countries adapt.”

ARTICLE: DUSTIN RODGERS
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NBC NEWS

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