For Immediate Release
Study Links California Hospitalizations to Hotter Weather
Thousands Needed Emergency Care During 2006 Heat Wave
LOS ANGELES - Rising temperatures have already impacted the health of thousands of Californians, according to a paper in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), written by scientists at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “The 2006 California Heat Wave: Impacts on Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits,” describes the enormous health impacts of California’s severe heat wave in 2006. According to a separate analysis by NRDC, these impacts were estimated to have cost California $133 million in health-related costs. More intense, more frequent and longer duration heat waves are projected for California in the coming decades due to global warming.
To read NRDC’s economic analysis, visit: http://docs.nrdc.org/health/hea_08082601A.pdf
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.