Category: Heat waves

As climate change makes Indianapolis hotter, some communities will suffer more than others

Read the full story in the Indianapolis Star.

The record-breaking heat this summer has produced higher air conditioning bills, greater energy usage, increased air pollution and more greenhouse gas emissions here in Indiana and across the country.

The rising heat, brought on by climate change, is also putting Hoosiers at greater risk of heat-related health complications. But not everyone has the same risk.

Heat is killing workers in the U.S. — and there are no federal rules to protect them

Read the full story at NPR.

Beltran is one of at least 384 workers who died from environmental heat exposure in the U.S. in the last decade, according to an investigation by NPR and Columbia Journalism Investigations, the investigative reporting unit of Columbia Journalism School. The count includes people toiling in essential yet often invisible jobs in 37 states across the country: farm laborers in California, construction and trash-collection workers in Texas and tree trimmers in North Carolina and Virginia. An analysis of federal data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the three-year average of worker heat deaths has doubled since the early 1990s.

Hot days mean worse air. So why are climate and smog seen as separate?

Read the full story at Grist.

UN report confirms that local agencies need to add heat into air pollution equation

Urban heat island research aims to spotlight disparities and solutions

Read the full story from Energy News Network.

Extreme heat is a growing public health threat in the Midwest, and researchers and communities are trying to better understand how urban hot spots put certain neighborhoods at disproportionately higher risk.

Crushing heat wave in Pacific Northwest and Canada cooked shellfish alive by the millions

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

An estimated 1 billion small sea creatures — including mussels, clams and snails — died during the heat wave in the Salish Sea, off more than 4,000 miles of linear shore, according to marine biologist Chris Harley.

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