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Paris, France

48°51'N 2°21'E

September 2008

Collect multimedia material about the 2003 European heat wave and how Europe is responding

Under Auspices of:
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Kendeda Fund, Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation; Barbara Smith Fund; Whole Systems Foundation; Abby Rockefeller & Lee Halprin and 7th Generation Incorporated

Radio features and documentary; web features

Global warming is expected to cause increases in extreme weather, including heat waves, in many parts of the world. The 2003 European heat, which killed about 40,000 people, is considered a harbinger of future extreme heat, and some scientists say the likelihood of this unusual event was increased by global warming. Paris, where about 1,200 people died, was especially hard hit.

  • Listen to Heat of the Moment: Inside Out , Dan’s documentary on the human impacts of climate change, including a segment on Paris during the 2003 heat wave.
  • Visit the climate-change website Dan helped to produce for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
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