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Hurricanes and Other Tropical Cyclones Linked to Rise in U.S. Deaths from Several Major Causes

3D Render of the clouds of Hurricane Ida (Aug 28, 2021) on a topographic map of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Over recent decades, hurricanes and other tropical cyclones in the U.S. were associated with up to 33.4 percent higher death rates from several major causes in subsequent months.

This is the finding of research from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Colorado State University, Imperial College London, and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study exemplifies how far-reaching and varied the hidden costs to life could be from climate-related disasters and climate change.

Until now, there had been a critical knowledge gap about cause-specific tropical cyclone mortality risks from a large-scale study covering the entire U.S. across multiple decades.

Read the rest of the story on the Mailman School of Public Health website. 

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