As heat wave sweeps the globe, new study warns of deadly link between rising temps and suicide

The study warns up to 26,000 more people could die by suicide in the United States by 2050 if humans don’t reduce emissions of greenhouse gas pollution.

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As deadly fires and heat waves kill scores across the globe, a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change reports that when there are abnormally hot temperatures, there also tend to be higher suicide rates. The study warns up to 26,000 more people could die by suicide in the United States by 2050 if humans don’t reduce emissions of greenhouse gas pollution. We speak to Dr. Sanjay Basu, co-author of the new study and assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University.

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Dr. Sanjay Basu
assistant professor of medicine at Stanford and co-author of the new study, “Higher temperatures increase suicide rates in the United States and Mexico.”

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