Sweeping new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change has found that more than a third of heat-related deaths are tied to human-caused climate change. In some regions like Central and South America, the number of heat deaths due to climate change is as high as 70 percent.

As lead author Ana Maria Vicedo-Cabrera notes, “we are thinking about these problems of climate change as something that the next generation will face. It’s something we are facing already. We are throwing stones at ourselves.”

The study highlights the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gasses to prevent further warming, though what is equally apparent is the need to protect workers and communities who are already subject to these extreme heat conditions and suffering fatal consequences as a result.

LIN has been at the forefront of demonstrating the fatal risks of heat to heavy laborers globally. Our research has exposed an epidemic of heat-related kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of workers in Mesoamerica alone. Because of this, we have led the creation and implementation of occupational protection programs that have drastically reduced incidences of kidney injury among workers and are expanding these programs globally to protect the millions of workers who are currently at risk from extreme heat.

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LIN is well-positioned to assist government and industry to address these risks of heat and CKDnt among their working populations. It is our collective moral imperative to ensure that no worker should suffer from a preventable heat-related disease, especially when those who are most at risk are those who have contributed the least to climate change. 

This important new research demonstrates that climate change is not just a concern for our future; it is producing fatal consequences in the present. We must act to protect those most vulnerable to the impacts of a warming world, which means ensuring that millions of workers who labor in the hot sun are protected by adequate occupational programs. 

NYT Article
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/climate/heat-deaths-climate-change.html?smid=em-share

Research Study
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01058-x