Dying from the heat can be reduced by dialing down emissions

JEREMY HODGES / BLOOMBERG – Capping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) will save thousands of lives by reducing the frequency of extreme heatwaves, according to a landmark study.

The risks posed by “extreme high temperatures” can be significantly lowered by reducing temperature rises by only a half a degree, according to the study published Thursday in “Science Advances.” Meeting climate goals outlined by the Paris Agreement could help avoid events like the 2003 European heatwave, which resulted in some 20,000 deaths.

The 2015 accord signed by almost 200 countries committed them to keeping global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. With current trajectories pointing toward warming of 3 degrees Celsius, urgency is building to take the steps necessary to avoid the superstorms, droughts and famine predicted as a result of runaway climate change …

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