The Health Costs of Extreme Heat in the US

Published on: August 08, 2023.

Heat is the most deadly extreme weather condition. The groups most at risk from high temperatures include seniors, children, and people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, there are few protections for outdoor workers.

A recent study found a rise in heart attacks on days of extreme heat and high pollution levels. A new analysis found that about 41 million urban residents experience temperature increases of 8 degrees or more.

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  • Vulnerable to Rising Heat - Benjamin Gurrentz and R. Chase Sawyer, "Almost a Quarter of U.S. Population Vulnerable to Rising Heat," July 11, 2023, United States Census Bureau.

  • Cost of Extreme Heat - Woolf et al., "The Health Care Costs of Extreme Heat," June 27, 2023, The Center for American Progress.

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