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Heat waves are deadlier than hurricanes and fires. Maybe they should get names, too

Burning Sun by law keven
Burning Sun by law keven


  • Washington D.C. based think tank Atlantic Council launched the Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance which aims to develop a worldwide standard for naming and ranking heat waves
  • People who work outdoors, low-income residences without proper air conditioning, people without homes, and people with health conditions are vulnerable to heatwaves
  • Duke University researchers estimated that during the last decade, the Lower 48 states averaged 12,000 heat-related premature deaths per year
  • Major U.S. cities are experiencing three times as many heat waves as they did in the 1960s, with a heatwave season that is 47 days longer 
  • There is a lower perception of risk in the Northern States, among people over the age of 65, and among white men
  • California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is also helping to create standards for heatwaves:

In policymaking, we have to grab people’s attention…We know that naming heat waves will provide clear levels of that risk, and more adequate warning to protect our most vulnerable Californians.”

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Read More: https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2020-08-06/boiling-point-heat-waves-should-get-names-too-boiling-point