Environment

The Human Cost of Climate Change

A study compares the impacts of heating on cities across the globe.

By Lacy SchleyOct 8, 2019 12:00 AM
Earth-Ocean
Earth’s oceans are a powerful tool when it comes to mitigating climate change, a new report argues. (Credit: NASA)

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

In an effort to tackle climate change, dozens of countries, responsible for 55 percent of global emissions, came together to sign the Paris Agreement in 2016. The pact, which at least 185 countries have now signed, aims to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — or even more ideally, to 1.5 C (2.7 F) — and to help countries deal with the impacts of climate change. 

In an abstract sense, we all know how important that goal is, but one recent study in Science Advances highlighted just how life-and-death the stakes are. In major cities, extreme heat events would prove much deadlier with higher global temperatures.

“Increasing mitigation ambition to meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal avoids substantial heat-related mortality in U.S. cities,” Science Advances, 2019

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Magazine Examples
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.