Heat Kills, Worsening Climate Economic Threat

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It is not unusual for temperatures in places as geographically widespread as Australia, India, and the Middle East to exceed 110 degrees F, which sometimes lasts for days. The temperature was above that level in Phoenix for 52 days last year. Some cities, particularly in India and the Middle East, have poor air conditioning, which worsens yearly.

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Certain parts of the world are barely habitable. Soon, some of the world’s largest cities, which include several in India, will face huge migration problems as people flee areas where they cannot survive.

Heat may become the most significant climate-triggered killer for humans. According to CNBC, “Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the U.S. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that more than 1,700 deaths were the result of heat-related causes in 2022, roughly double the toll of five years prior.” The same holds for many nations around the world.

CDC Warning

The CDC’s rules on the effects of heat on the human body are among the most widely followed. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a bulletin titled “Heat Stress – Heat Related Illness.” According to the warning:

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause permanent disability or death if the person does not receive emergency treatment.

The need for migration will devastate some economies as relocation costs run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, if not more, and humans abandon huge, expensive metro infrastructure.

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