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Dying From the Heat Can Be Reduced by Dialing Down Emissions

June 6, 2019, 1:15 PM

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.

HOBOKEN, NJ - JUNE 18: The sun rises behind midtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building in New York City on June 18, 2018 as seen from Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
Photographer: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

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 ...