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How Electric Cars Save Human Lives

Tesla Motors.(Photo: Kazuhisa OTSUBO / Flickr)If you’ve ever visited New York City during the summer, you know just how unbearably hot that city can get, and thanks to climate change, it’s only going to get hotter.

And now, researchers have calculated that the rising temperatures will increase the death toll linked to a warming climate in Manhattan by as much as 20 percent by the 2020’s.

In order to find how changing temperatures might affect Manhattan and the rest of the Big Apple, researchers examined temperature readings throughout the city.

They found that, in general, temperature was already increasing.

Daily records from Manhattan’s Central Park showed that average monthly temperatures increased by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit from the period between 1901 and 2000.

And just this temperature kills people every year in Manhattan, from exposure to extreme heat, and extreme cold.

But, as climate change continues to rear its ugly head, more and more will die as a result of the extreme temperatures.

And while heat-related deaths are projected to increase by 20 percent in the 2020’s, the numbers are even worse as we look further down the road.

Between the 2050s and 2080s, projections show a net increase of 15 to 30 percent in temperature related deaths, which would mean that, on average there would be 1,000 temperature-related deaths in Manhattan each year.

Extrapolate this across the nation, and unless we do something right now to curb the devastating effects of climate change, thousands of Americans will lose their lives.

Since cars are a major burner of fossil fuels, one of the actions that we should take right now is to invest more in cleaner and greener automobile technology.

That’s where companies like Tesla Motors come in.


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