First to fall, according to a shocking report titled “Killer Summer Heat” from the National Resources Defense Council, will be the elderly, kids and the poor. And with more Baby Boomers heading into their Golden Years, they will likely be part of the death boom, if the alarmist projection comes true.
The report reviewed by Secrets is based on new analysis of the historical relationships between heat, weather conditions, and mortality for 40 cities. Those elements were then factored into projections that temperatures could rise 4 degrees-11 degrees.
“Our findings indicate that rising temperatures driven by unabated climate change will increase the number of life-threatening excessive heat events, resulting in thousands of additional heat-related deaths each year, with a cumulative toll of approximately 33,000 additional heat-related deaths by midcentury in these (40) cities, and more than 150,000 additional heat-related deaths by the century’s end,” said the report.
In Washington, NRDC projected that excessive heat days will surge from the current average of 16 to 69 by 2090-2099. The resulting death toll will go from a current average of 24 to 2,994 by 2099. Baltimore has nearly identical numbers in the NRDC report.
Moving won’t help. The highest death rates tied to climate change in the NRDC report will stretch from the north in Minneapolis and Chicago to the midwest in St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio to southern cities such as Jacksonville, Fla., and Dallas.
What to do? The group, of course, calls on the EPA to crack down on coal plants and polluters. But they also suggest a simpler game plan: buy an air conditioner and stay inside.