A new report says that heat-related deaths will affect 150,000 Americans by the end of the century.
The Natural Resources Defense Council made the estimate using data from 40 cities, calculating that temperatures in North America would rise between 4 and 11 degrees Fahrenheit in this century. More hot days and heat waves mean more heat-related fatalities.
The main causes of heat-releated death include cardiovascular disease, heat stroke, exhaustion and kidney stones. Reuters reported that the three cities with the highest projected heat death tolls are Louisville, Ky., Detroit and Cleveland.
“This is a wake-up call,” said the NRDC's Dan Lashof. “Climate change has a number of real life-and-death consequences. one of which is that as carbon pollution continues to grow, climate change is only going to increase the number of dangerously hot days each summer, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of lives lost.”