Temperature and mortality : do the number of deaths in Washington DC rise as temperature increases?
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. With increasing concerns over the effects of global climate change on human health, an understanding of the relationship between heat and human mortality is becoming an increasingly important tool for policymakers. This study explored the impact of high temperature on mortality numbers in Washington, DC. However it found that daily mortality in the city was in fact negatively associated with temperature, especially for nonwhites. These results have important implications for local DC policymakers, including reasons to ramp-up policies that help individuals adapt on particularly cold days. Finally, this study suggested that preparing for future climate change impacts on human health should not be a public health priority for DC policymakers at this time.
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