The European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned of heat waves.
By the end of the century, 90,000 people are expected to die each year
Around 1,29,000 Europeans died from searing heat between 1980 and 2020
Copenhagen. Like the world, Europe has also suffered greatly from climate change this year. Now the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned of the heatwave. The agency said if left unchecked, the heat wave could kill 90,000 Europeans each year by the end of the century. The Environment Agency has said that 90,000 Europeans could die each year from extreme heat, given the scenario of global warming of 3°C, by 2100 if favorable measures are not found.
According to a report by the AFP news agency, countries have pledged to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This is a difficult goal for the world to achieve given current emission trends. But if achieved, with 1.5°C of global warming, it could reduce 30,000 deaths per year.
The Environment Agency said, citing insurance data, that “more than 1.29,000 Europeans died from extreme heat between 1980 and 2020”. But more frequent warming, population growth and increasing urbanization associated with climate change have raised the possibility of an increase in this figure in the coming years. especially in the south of the continent. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that at least 15,000 people have died in Europe so far this year due to hot weather.
Read: 15,000 people have died from hot weather in Europe this year: WHO
According to the agency, the three months from June to August were the hottest in Europe since records began. In addition, the extraordinarily high temperatures have caused the continent’s worst drought since the Middle Ages. Beyond the threat of heat, the Environment Agency said climate change could increase the risk of infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue from mosquito bites in Europe.
Tags: Europe, global warming, Heat wave
FIRST POST: 09 November 2022, 07:34 IST