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Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows.Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study of fatal heat conditions. If pollution continues as it has, Mora said, by the end of the century the southern U.S. will have entire summers of what he called lethal heat conditions.A hotter world doesn't necessarily mean more deaths in all locales, Mora said. That's because he found over time the same blistering conditions – heat and humidity – killed fewer people than in the past, mostly because of air conditioning and governments doing a better job keeping people from dying in the heat. So while heat kills and temperatures are rising, people are adapting, though mostly in countries that can afford it.
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