Letter: Extreme heat deadliest weather hazard in state

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Editor,

Last month, our community felt the impacts of climate change as record-breaking heat waves swept across Indiana. Temperatures were in the upper 90s with feel-like temperatures in the triple digits.

Heat waves are caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as gasoline and coal, that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which creates climate change. Predictions show that heat waves will increase in frequency, duration and intensity if measures aren’t taken to combat climate change.

Current estimates find that more than 170,000 people in Indiana are especially vulnerable to extreme heat, which earns it the label as the deadliest weather hazard in the state. We must take action to protect our community from the risks posed by summer heat waves.

Julien Doty, Carmel

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