A few degrees of warming over the coming decades could trigger a series of extreme and fatal heat waves in India.
In recent years, the number of deaths has skyrocketed as a result of extreme heat on the subcontinent, according to a new study published yesterday in Science Advances. That's expected to get worse as rising temperatures
worldwide bring more frequent heat waves. Deaths in India and in other countries where large numbers of people live in poverty will likely be a grim symbol of climate change, according to the study.
“As the temperature goes higher, the impact can potentially become exponentially worse, so this is something that is very serious, very important,” said Omid Mazdiyasni, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, and a lead author of the paper.