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From the Harvard School of Public Health , news that an extra 1°C temperature swing in summer will kill the elderly.

Summer temperature variability may increase mortality risk for elderly with chronic disease

Large day-to-day variations in temperature could result in thousands more deaths per year

Boston, MA – New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that seemingly small changes in summer temperature swings—as little as 1°C more than usual—may shorten life expectancy for elderly people with chronic medical conditions, and could result in thousands of additional deaths each year. While previous studies have focused on the short-term effects of heat waves, this is the first study to examine the longer-term effects of climate change on life expectancy.

The study will be published online April 9, 2012 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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