We’re Having a Heat Wave

For nearly a week the mid-east of the United States and Canada has been experiencing record breaking heat. Newark, Washington DC. Baltimore, Portland, Concord, Providence have all had record temperatures at or very close to 42C. In fact some 220 individual heat records for July have been broken. New York City has so far not broken its record, but the thermometer hovers just one degree away from it. In most places the humidity has been high, so it feels even hotter than the temperature records. Continue reading

An unhealthy future as the climate changes

Professor Robert Maynard has chaired a panel which, under the auspices of the Department of Health and the Health Protection Agency, has done some very interesting work on how climate change is likely to affect health in the future. The good news is that the warmer weather will be likely to reduce winter deaths due to hypothermia. The bad news is much more than the good news. Continue reading