Of all the racial groups surveyed for a 2014 University of Southern California and Los Angeles Times poll, Latinos making less than $50,000 are the ones hardest hit by drought, a phenomenon that has been linked to climate change. Some of California’s poorest Latinos are farmworkers, with median annual family earnings averaging $15,000 to $17,000 per year.
About 14 workers died from heat illnesses in California between 2005 and 2013, but it’s possible that the figure is closer to 30, the United Farm Workers labor union told Al Jazeera America. Among the heat illness victims include a 38-year-old man whose body temperature was recorded at 109.9 degrees. During the 2006 heat wave, Latinos had the most hospital visits. While the number of heat-related deaths have dropped since the regulations went into effect, the number of reported heat illnesses are remaining steady, Capital Public Radio reported earlier this month.