Overall, estimates suggest that 37 percent of all ‘heat’-related deaths in recent summer were due to Earth’s warming due to ‘anthropogenic activities’.
According to a new article in the journal Nature Climate Change, more than a third of all heat-related deaths between 1991 and 2018 were due to human-induced global warming. The study has been conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Bern under the leadership of the Multi-Country Multi-City Collaborative Research Network.
The use of data from 732 locations in 43 countries around the world for the first time shows the contribution of climate change to the increase in mortality due to heat. Overall estimates suggest that 37 percent of all ‘heat’-related deaths in recent summers were caused by the warming of the Earth due to anthropogenic activities.
Death ratio may increase
This percentage of heat-related deaths due to climate change was highest in Central and South America and Southeast Asia. The authors state that their results are evidence of the need to take strong steps to reduce heat in the future and to protect the population from the adverse effects of heat.
Dr. Ana M. Vicedo-Cabrera from the University of Bern and the first author of the research said that it is estimated that the proportion of heat-related deaths will continue to rise if nothing is done about climate change. So far, the average global temperature has increased by only 1 percent, if it continues to increase in this way, then in the coming times its worse consequences can be seen.
Responsible for 35% of deaths in the UK
Global warming is affecting our health in many ways, ranging from the effects of wildfires and extreme weather-related diseases to the spread of vector-borne diseases. The article’s figures are perhaps the most amazing increase in heat-related mortality. In the UK, climate change can be attributed to 35 per cent of heat-related deaths. According to the data, there are approximately 82 deaths in London, 16 in Manchester, 20 in the West Midlands or 4 in Bristol and Liverpool each summer.
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