Heat Related Deaths to Increase
A new report says the number of heat-related deaths in Sacramento could double in the next 50-years. But skeptics say the study is based on faulty predictions of global warming.
Monday, September 13, 2004
One of the report’s authors - Larry Kalkstein (CALk-steen) of the Center for Climatic Research at the University of Delaware - says longer and more intense heat waves will plague California. For Sacramento on average today, in an average summer, approximately ten people die of the heat. In the 2050s if we do business as usual we’ll have 15 to 25 excess deaths. He says California can try to avoid more deaths by cleaner up the air. If we can control emissions and mitigate the problem directly by lessening the amount of gasses in the atmosphere that contribute to climate change, that would be very helpful. But officials with the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research say the report is based on unreliable projections of global warming and that it’s nearly impossible to accurately predict heat-related deaths decades into the future. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.