Global Warming Seen Doubling Heat Deaths by 2020

The death toll from heat waves in those big U.S. cities is expected to balloon to 3,000 to 4,000 by 2020.

Published: 21-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Deaths from heat waves in big cities worldwide are expected to double over the next two decades if nothing is done to curb global warming, the United Nations weather agency said Tuesday.

"Heat waves are expected to become a major killer," World Meteorological Organization Secretary General Godwin Obasi said.

Small increases in global temperatures due to growing amounts of "greenhouse gases" are amplified in big cities, he told a news briefing on the sidelines of U.N. negotiations to reach a global strategy against climate change.

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