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Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003

Richard C. Keller


In a cemetery on the southern outskirts of Paris lie the bodies of a hundred of what many have called the first casualties of global climate change. They are the so-called “abandoned” or “forgotten” victims of the worst natural disaster in French history, the devastating heat wave that struck France in August 2003, leaving 15,000 people dead. They are those who died alone in Paris and its suburbs, buried at public expense when no family claimed their bodies. They died (and to a great extent lived) unnoticed by their neighbors, discovered in some cases only weeks after their deaths. And as with ... More

Keywords: France, Paris, heat wave, disaster, ethnography, climate change, urban environment

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226251110
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226256436.001.0001


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