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Study: Hotter summers coming, more heat-related deaths to follow

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Changing climate is leading to hotter summers, and that will cause more heat-related deaths, according to a study to be released on Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

According to the media release:

NRDC and university-based experts will discuss how climate change will lead to additional deaths, as well as ways to better protect residents. The report will project a total of more than 150,000 additional heat-related deaths through the end of this century across most major cities, including:  Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Louisville, Minneapolis, Newark, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Washington, D.C.

That's a staggering claim. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat-related deaths averaged 119 per year in the 2002-2011 period.  Given the low growth rate of U.S. population, that average rate for the next 90 years might total 20,000.

It will be interesting to see how they justify the numbers.

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