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Global Warming Not Related to Winter Deaths, Says Study

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study says global warming is not helping you stay alive during the winter.

Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health conducted a study that they say debunks the assumption that having a warmer climate during what are supposed to be colder months would unfortunately not lead to a decline in the number of deaths during the winter.

“Some have claimed that warmer winters due to climate change will lead to big reductions in winter deaths," said Dr. Patrick L. Kinney, a professor of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the school’s Climate and Health Program, in a statement. "Our work suggests that this is unlikely to be the case."

The study analyzed temperatures and mortality rates from 36 U.S. cities as well as Paris, Lyon, and Marseilles in France from 1971 through 2007. The results found that the warmer winter cities have similar if not the same rates of winter deaths as their colder winter counterparts.

The researchers suggest deaths in the winter may instead be due to other factors such as not exercising during the cold weather or catching the flu.


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