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Too Hot To Work: Study Finds Rising Temperatures Could Drain Billions From Outdoor Labor Market By 2050

The Valley, and much of the state, are under an excessive heat warning through Aug. 27, and earlier this summer, the National Weather Service reported the average temperature in June was the hottest on record.

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists finds the effects of rising temperatures could have negative effects on the labor market.

In " Too Hot to Work," researchers find that by the middle of the century, extreme heat could cost Americans who work outside tens of billions of dollars a year in lost wages.

In Arizona, the report estimates more than $2.5 billion in earnings are at risk.

Kristina Dahl is a senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists and is a co-author of the report.

The Show spoke with her to learn more about the report's findings.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.