The incredibly simple solution to saving lives during a heatwave

  • Giving heatwaves names and strength ratings could help people understand the threat they pose.
  • Unlike floods or storms, heatwaves are largely an unseen risk, meaning the danger is often underestimated.
  • A new report suggests that by the end of the century, heat deaths globally could nearly equal those from all infectious diseases combined today.

Giving heatwaves names and strength ratings, as for hurricanes, could drive home the spiking danger from a threat that kills more people in the United States each year than storms and floods but rarely hits headlines, heat experts said on Tuesday.

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