Winter kills. Extreme cold weather affects the elderly and very young children who can’t keep themselves warm, the homeless living on the street, and the poor who have to choose between food or heat. Also, people who get trapped in their cars, or end up in an auto accident due to slippery roads, are also paying the price of extreme winter weather. The homeless are especially at risk. When I was in medical school during my vascular surgery rotation at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, one night we amputated both feet of a homeless veteran due to massive frostbite and gangrene. This happened in a big Continue reading Who Survives Extreme Winter Storms?
UPDATE: December 2016, This post is updated regularly as new podcasts on climate change are published. Only the best podcasts make it on this page. Are you hungry for a good podcast on climate change? I know I am. Unfortunately the pickings are slim. But I’m sure that will change in the coming years as climate change comes to dominate the nightly news. If you search iTunes or the web for “climate change podcast” a bunch of stuff comes up. Most of them aren’t very recent or updated often. Seems like folks started out with good intentions, then petered out. Continue reading The Best Climate Change Podcasts
Heat waves kill hundreds to thousands of people around the world every summer. Global warming is making it worse. An especially hot summer day today will be a normal summer day in the future. And the rare, deadly heat wave of today will become common. In this post we’ll take a deep dive into the medical aspects of heat illness and the link to climate change. According to the CDC, heat is the leading cause of weather related death in the US. From 1999 to 2009 heat exposure killed 7,800 people. Not only that, but heat makes chronic medical problems Continue reading Climate Change, Deadly Heat and You