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The study says that the tropics will suffer the worst impacts — countries such as Ghana, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sudan will see an additional 200 or more deaths per 100,000 people. At the same time, wealthy northern countries such as Norway and Canada will experience a decrease in fatalities as fewer and fewer people perish due to extreme cold. As we now know all too well from the pandemic, there is an economic cost to illness and death. The study’s authors estimate that “The economic cost of these deaths is set to be severe, costing the world 3.2% of global economic output by the end of the century if emissions are not tamed. Each ton of planet-warming carbon dioxide emitted will cost $36.60 in damage in this high-emissions world.”
The TV media is helpful in warning the public about upcoming heatwaves, but they fail to connect these events to climate change. For many weeks this summer, tens of millions of Americans were exposed to a prolonged and oppressive heat wave complicating the response to and increasing the spread of COVID-19, and as well as increasing the risks to communities of color and frontline communities that are disproportionately impacted by both. According to Media Matters, which analyzed “one week of broadcast TV news coverage from July 12 to July 19 and found that ABC, CBS, and NBC aired a combined 40 segments that discussed the heatwave on their nightly and morning news programs. The vast majority of mentions appeared during the networks’ weather forecasts, but none of these segments connected extreme heat to climate change. Additionally, only three segments mentioned the heat in relation to COVID-19, and none explored the fact that extreme heat is disproportionately impacting minority communities.”
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As California’s summer fire season comes to a close, autumn’s Santa Ana winds have intensified a fast-moving wildfire now terrorizing Santa Barbara County. The Alisal fire began Monday afternoon. Since then, it has engulfed 16,801 acres and is only 5% contained, according to CalFire. As a result, a portion […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been 18 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2021, surpassing 2020’s disaster costs with almost three months still left until 2022. Experts say that weather events across the spectrum, including wildfires, hurricanes, and severe weather, are not […]
Tropical Depression #Kate Advisory 15: Kate Still a Poorly Organized Depression. https://t.co/VqHn0u1vgc — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 31, 2021 Hurricanes are getting “too relatable,” at least according to the National Hurricane Center’s twitter account. The Center’s tweets have been getting a lot of attention lately for seemingly describing people’s personal lives, although they deny […]
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