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Beating the heat: Resources for reporting on extreme heat

Extreme heatA recent Associated Press article says that "In recent years, deadly heat waves have killed dozens to hundreds of people at a time in various U.S. cities, often catching local officials unprepared. Climate scientists say more killer heat waves lie ahead with global warming, and city officials are taking note."

So far, about 50 people have died this year from the heat according to the AP. North Texas, where heat has claimed the lives of at least six people in recent days, has seen temperatures above 100 degrees for 12 consecutive days. There have been two, possibly three, heat-related deaths in Kansas City this week and three in Oklahoma. Here are some resources to help reporters cover the recent heat wave as well as the public health aspect of climate change.

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