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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Deadly heat could affect most of the world by 2100, bringing deaths, famine and floods


A new study found that by the year 2100, nearly three quarters of the world's population could be exposed to deadly heat.

Researchers from Nature Climate Change found that 30 percent of the world’s population is already exposed to deadly heat for 20 days per year. The number days could expand next year due to climate change.

Heatwaves are far more dangerous than most people think. According to the lead author of the study, Camilo Mora, the 2003 European heatwave was the deadliest. 

“The 2003 European heatwave killed approximately 70,000 people -- that’s more than 20 times the number of people who died in the September 11 attacks," he said.

Temperatures have reached an all time high in the U.S. this year, inciting many climate change organizations to collaborate with local organizations and national companies. 

Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S. communications manager of the climate change organization 350.org, says that the people most vulnerable people to climate change are from lower-income communities.

"Low-income communities contribute the least to climate change but are affected the most," Yakupitiyage told Circa.

Yakupitiyage stated that if these heatwaves continue to escalate it will lead to more deaths, famine, hurricanes and mass floods.

Just this week, American Airlines had to cancel dozens of flights during the daytime in Arizona due to the extremely high temperatures. 

The local Fox News affiliate in Phoenix reported that the cancellations mostly affected regional flights on the smaller Bombardier CRJ airliners, which have a maximum operating temperature of about 118F (48C).

"We don't need to wait until 2100 to feel and see the impacts of climate change; we are already feeling and seeing them now," Yakupitiyage said.

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