22 Jul '11, 4pm

Daytime heat is a serious problem, but the nighttime high temps are a bigger concern for health, crops and climate:

Daytime heat is a serious problem, but the nighttime high temps are a bigger concern for health, crops and climate:

As New York Times reports today, so far in July 12 weather stations in the US have recorded all-time daytime highs, but 93 have recorded all-time nighttime highs. Last year for the entire summer, 37 states set high nighttime temperature records , with half of all US weather stations recording top-five record nighttime highs. NYT sums up well the immediately deadly implications of nights not cooling off that much: Studies suggest that kind of exposure to high temperatures increases the risk of death for vulnerable groups like the elderly, said Rebecca Noe, an epidemiologist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency's study of a 2005 heat have in Maricopa County, Ariz., found that elderly people were more likely to die indoors, while those who died outside were more likely to be younger, working in outdoor occupations or homeless. In the recent deaths of u...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/record-nighttime-...

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