Measuring Mitigation in Lives Saved

Almost 2,000 lives in a single city could be saved in a 1-in-30-year extreme heat wave event by limiting global heating to 2 degrees Celsius as opposed to 3, according to a Science Advances study of 15 US cities by University of Bristol researchers.

Despite commitments from some 200 cities to limit the rise in temperature to 2 degrees Celsius—the target hasn’t stuck. Global temperatures are set to rise by at least 3 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

By quantifying the benefits of climate change mitigation in terms of lives saved, researchers hope of re-motivate city leaders to double down on climate goals.


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