Boiling Point

Heat-related deaths are likely to spike in India as a result of increasing average global temperatures, a team of Indian and US researchers say.

Using data from the India Meteorological Department, they analyzed summer temperature changes between 1960 and 2009 and found average numbers had increased by more than 0.5° Celsius. By combining and modeling meteorological and mortality statistics over the time period, researchers found a 146% increase in the probability of 1 weather event leading to more than 100 heat-related deaths.

Thousands of people in India died in the intense heat waves of 2013 and 2015.

Source: Science Advances

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