Feed: Popular Science – Science
Posted on: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 4:00 PM
Author: Shaunacy Ferro
Subject: Climate Change Will Increase Heat-Related Deaths In NYC, Study Says
|New York City Heat
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Summer in the city could get a whole lot more miserable in the coming decades, according to a new report.
Warming weather could make summer in the city deadly in the next few decades, according to a study published this week in Nature Climate Change. By the 2020s, New York City will see 22 percent more heat-related deaths per year compared with 1980s, the researchers predicted.
Urban centers like New York City are especially sensitive to extreme temperatures because of the heat island effect. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the annual mean temperature of a city with a million or more people can be up to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than its more rural surroundings. (NYC currently clocks in with more than 8 million.)