Human-induced global heating ‘causes over a third of heat deaths’

2nd Jun, 2021

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An aircraft passes the sun as the annual average global temperature is expected to increase. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP

More than a third of all heat-related deaths around the world between 1991 and 2018 can be attributed to human-induced global heating, research has found. Climate breakdown has a range of effects ranging from wildfires to extreme weather. As the temperatures rise, more intense and frequent heatwaves disproportionately affect elderly people and those with underlying chronic conditions such as asthma, making them more vulnerable to disease and premature death.

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