Americans who walk, work, and sleep outside have always been more frequently exposed to the elements and the dangers that can come with that. But as heat waves increase in frequency and duration, health risks become more acute. Absent measures to intervene, fatalities will become more common.
There have been plenty of feel-good stories about states and companies linking up to address climate change, but most are the usual suspects. To make real inroads, other states — which account for the other 81 percent of U.S. emissions — will have to play a role in order to have a discernible impact.