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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 Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As summer approaches, the Northern Plains of the United States and the Canadian Prairies, which are the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat, are experiencing a record-breaking drought. Now, farmers fear that these parched fields won’t yield enough crop to satisfy unusually high demand. This fear […]
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