How climate change is fueling more extreme heat in summer

'In the last decade, we're now up around 30 days a year reaching the 90s or higher and that’s part of a trend'

Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to dump several inches of rain along with strong winds in the area. But it could also break up some of the intense heat the region’s been experiencing. A growing body of scientific research shows that climate change is making heat waves longer, hotter and more dangerous.

In the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, extreme heat has contributed to hundreds of deaths in recent weeks. “There’s been a recent study that indicated that that heat wave was 150 more times likely to occur in today’s climate as a result of climate change, than it would’ve been without climate change,” said Anthony Broccoli, co-director of Rutgers Climate Institute.

Lead funding for Peril and Promise is provided by Dr. P. Roy Vagelos and Diana T. Vagelos. Major support is provided by Marc Haas Foundation and Sue and Edgar Wachenheim, III.

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