Senator Markey Applauds Senate Committee Passage of Bill to Combat Health Risks of Extreme Heat

Senator Markey Prevention of Health Emergencies, Diseases and Deaths Associated with Heat Act he is positively stated Off the panel as the US braces for more dangerously high temperatures this summer

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2022) – Senator Edward J. Prevention of Health Emergencies, Diseases and Deaths Associated with Heat Act. This legislation, re-introduced in July 2021, will address the growing health risks of extreme heat by strengthening and expanding interagency efforts to tackle extreme heat, tasking the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with studying heat-related health issues and federal responses, and providing $7.5 million in funding Research and resilience in tackling extreme heat hazards.

Just as the climate crisis poses risks to the health of our planet, it poses risks to the health of our societies.” Senator Markey said. “Severe heat is a national problem, and it requires a national response. I am pleased that the Trade Commission voted today for my report The Law on Prevention of Disease and Death Due to Heat To fortify our federal efforts to tackle the extreme heat and keep Americans safe. As we deal with these dangerous symptoms of our warming planet, I stand by my commitment to fight for comprehensive action so that we can cure the disease of climate change – saving our planet and more lives.”

While most heat-related deaths and diseases are preventable through education and intervention, extreme heat events kill more Americans than any other weather event. In the United States, on average 700 Americans die More than 67,000 people are taken to emergency rooms each year due to the extreme temperatures.

As climate change worsens, extreme heat events in the United States are becoming more frequent, longer-lasting, and more intense. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can have severe consequences for human health, such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death. According to one study, more than a third of heat-related deaths in many parts of the world can be attributed to climate change.

People who live in low-income communities, communities of color, and tribal communities are at greater risk of serious health consequences from extreme heat. Urban residents are particularly at risk from the “urban heat island” phenomenon, which can cause some neighborhoods in cities to be as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the surrounding area. As a result, in part, from the practice of historical re-planning, these communities have been found to have less tree cover, more pavement, and therefore higher temperatures. Residents of these communities may also lack air conditioning, healthcare, and other tools to deal with the extreme temperatures.

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