BU Sustainability: Research for People & Planet Webinar Series | Daily Heat and Firearm Violence in 100 US Cities
- 11:00 am on Friday, April 28, 2023
- 11:30 am on Friday, April 28, 2023
- Contact Organization:
- BU Institute for Global Sustainability
- Presented by study co-authors Emma Gause, Research Scientist, and Jonathan Jay, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health.
Firearm violence is a leading public health crisis in the US. And now a new study has attributed almost 8,000 US shootings in recent years to above-average temperatures. Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health and the University of Washington analyzed daily temperatures and shootings in the 100 US cities with the largest burden of gun violence from 2015-2020. They found that a sizeable proportion of firearm shootings in these cities is linked to unseasonably high daily temperatures, both during the summer and throughout the year. In this webinar, we will explore the study and its implications for reducing gun violence in the US, including the importance of heat adaptation strategies as part of urban climate action planning. Presented by study co-authors Emma Gause, Research Scientist, and Jonathan Jay, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health. Hosted by the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability.