Study published in the Journal Injury Prevention: "Climate change may be linked to the spike in US road deaths in 2015, which abruptly reversed the trend of the previous 35 years, concludes a study published online in the journal Injury Prevention."
Key Findings: 'Death rates increase steadily as temperatures rise'
'Death rate was higher in warmer areas'
"The average annual temperature increased 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit from 2014 to 2015 in the areas studied...The death rate was higher in warmer areas and in those with higher rainfall...the correlation of mileage and temperature suggests a classic vicious circle whereby higher temperatures equal more miles driven, leading to more CO2 emissions, which in turn lead to higher temperatures," he explains. "As temperatures continue to increase from heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, road deaths will likely increase more than expected unless there are major mitigating countermeasures," he concludes.
Last month this column noted that the actions of the New York Times suggest that the people who put out the newspaper don’t think burning carbon is as dangerous as one would think from reading their product. How else to explain their marketing effort to persuade well-heeled readers to increase emissions by travelling the globe aboard a barely-filled Boeing?