European heatwave deaths could skyrocket if global warming is not reined in

Saul Bowman
August 6, 2017

The researchers said deaths from coastal flooding would also increase sharply, from six deaths per year at the beginning of this century to 233 a year by the end of it.

The predictions are based on the assumption that greenhouse gas emissions will not be reduced over the next few decades, and there will be no improvement in efforts to reduce the impact of extreme weather events.

Climatologists are predicting an increase in the number of natural disasters in Europe 50 times.

If you are still not able to imagine such a disaster, consider this: According to the researchers, 99 per cent of future weather-related deaths will be because of heat waves.

Nearly all of the projected deaths are expected to come from heat waves, particularly in southern Europe.

As reported by the Irish Mirror, the study also looked at the seven most deadly weather-related disasters such as heat waves, cold waves, wildfires, droughts, river and coastal floods, and windstorms.

By comparison, one out of three people will be affected every year in northern Europe - Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Europe's death toll from weather disasters could rise fiftyfold by the end of this century, with extreme heat alone killing more than 150,000 people a year by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists said on Friday.

He also warned that the grim scenario would unfold as predicted unless "global warming is curbed as a matter of urgency" through controlling greenhouse gas emissions and extreme weather events.

"Climate change is one of the biggest global threats to human health of the 21st century، and its peril to society will be increasingly connected to weather-driven hazards،" said lead co-author Giovanni Forzieri of the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Italy. It is estimated that 151,500 people would die annually between 2071 and 2100, a sharp increase from 2,700 deaths a year recorded between 1981 and 2010. The data they have combined with projections regarding the evolution of climate change, the growth and migration of populations.

By the end of the century, the researchers said this could increase to two out of every three people.

Northern European countries, such as the United Kingdom, were in safer territory with an expected three weather-related deaths per million of the population.

"It adds further weight to the powerful argument for accelerating mitigation actions to protect population health".

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