Hot and humid days are now associated with higher infant mortality in developing world
The study find that the heat and humidity has the strongest effect on infant mortality during the month of birth rather than the period in utero or later in infancy
Mumbai: The threats of climate change are well-documented and these threats could now extend to infants in the developing world. A recent National Bureau of Economic Research paper by Michael Geruso of University of Texas and development economist Dean Spears of Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (r.i.c.e.) shows that an additional day above 30 degrees Celsius and 55% humidity within the first month of a child’s birth increases neonatal mortality by 0.7 deaths per thousand births. This effect on mortality is an order of magnitude larger than those seen in rich countries.