Projections of Heat Exposure on Global Aging Populations

In a warming world with an aging population, the number of older adults vulnerable to extreme heat is expected to grow rapidly. A new study published in Nature Communications developed population projections for different age groups and combined them with climate change scenarios for the coming decades.  The study projects that by 2050 more than 23% of the world’s population over age 69 will be living in places where peak temperatures exceed 99.5°F. CCH Affiliate Ian Sue Wing (Earth & Environment) is a co-author on the paper that has been covered recently by NPR, Time, and other new outlets.

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