04 May '11, 8pm
Climate Change to Spur Major Rise in Heat Wave Deaths in Chicago
Chicago May See Up to 40 Times as Many Heat Wave Deaths a Year No one seems to want to talk about all the shitty things that climate change is going to cause to happen anymore. But so as long as climate change is indeed going to cause some shitty things to happen, somebody should be mentioning them. So here goes: Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have done some estimates on how rising temperatures caused by climate change may impact extreme weather events in the city. And they've found that deaths caused by heat waves will rise dramatically as the temperature warms -- in the decades nearing the end of the century, the researchers estimate that there will be between 166 and 2,127 deaths from heat waves per year.