Unexpected effects of climate change: worse food safety, more car wrecks

On excessively hot days, there are more likely to be fatal car accidents and food safety problems, and police officers and government food inspectors tend to do less of their duties, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists, who analyzed data from across the United States, suggest that if the climate continues to change, by 2050—and in another 50 or so years beyond that—our world may be less safe than it is today.

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