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The link between extreme heat and preterm birth

Amelia K. Bates / Grist
Amelia K. Bates / Grist

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, we discuss the correlation between extreme heat and preterm birth.

A new investigation from Grist, Vox, and The 19th found that heat waves are making pregnancy more dangerous and exacerbating existing maternal health disparities.

As the climate crisis continues, the number, intensity and duration of heat waves will only get worse. Without intervention, those heat waves will cause millions of babies around the world to be born preterm. Higher temperatures will also have knock-on impacts to gestational and fetal health.

Guest:

Virginia Gewin, freelance science journalist

Resources:

Grist, Vox, and The 19th: Expecting worse: Giving birth on a planet in crisis

Grist, Vox, and The 19th: The link between extreme heat and preterm birth

The Guardian: Brutal heatwave cooks US south-west, an early sign of sizzling summer ahead

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.