Blackouts + Heat Waves = Health Disaster

 Blackouts + Heat Waves = Health Disaster

Electrical blackouts like the ones in California are becoming more common. So are heat waves. A new study published in the journal of the National Institute of Health attempts to predict what will happen when both occur at the same time.

Here is the abstract from that study, written by lead author Brian Stone Jr., a professor at the School of City & Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology:

“The potential for critical infrastructure failures during extreme weather events is rising. Major electrical grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, those with a duration of at least 1 h and impacting 50,000 or more utility customers, increased by more than 60% over the most recent 5 year reporting period. When such blackout events coincide in time with heat wave conditions, population exposures to extreme…

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