Heat causes more deaths in the U.S. than any other natural hazard – more than floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes. As a result of climate change, it is getting worse. Average annual temperatures are now about 1.8°F higher than they were over the period 1895-2016, they will go up to about 2.5°F by mid-century, and if greenhouse gas emissions continue on the current path, they could rise almost 12°F by 2100, and heat waves that now occur once every 20 years could become annual events, according to the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
Environmental Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Michael B. Gerrard & Edward McTiernan,
Legal Tools for Cities to Cope With Extreme Heat,
N.Y.L.J., November 8, 2018
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/faculty_scholarship/3031