Soil drought could reduce human death rates during heat waves by lowering air humidity, while cooling strategies like wetting surfaces could inadvertently intensify lethal heat stress, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances.
Evidence shows that high temperatures lead to excess morbidity and mortality in adults, but less is known about how heat affects children. This study is the first to evaluate the impacts of heat on children’s health in all major regions around the country.
Given the significant number of cities affected by disasters such as floods, landslides and drought in the South and Southeast, the study focused on these regions and selected 45 cities in seven metropolitan areas affected by disasters in recent years
With a warming climate, atmospheric rivers will likely bring record-breaking precipitation events to mountainous parts of East Asia such as the Japanese Alps, according to a new University of Tsukuba modeling study.