20,000 dead amid blistering heat and record temperatures in Western Europe this summer, data suggests



Extreme heat has been responsible for more than 20,000 deaths in Western Europe this summer, official figures show, as the continent has been ravaged by a series of heat waves and record-breaking temperatures that are expected to become more frequent and intense in light of human probability. -driven climate change.

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Official data from the UK, Germany, Spain and France show that extreme deaths, the difference between the number of recorded and expected deaths based on past trends, were particularly high this summer during periods of extreme heat in Western Europe.

France, whose public health department documented an additional 10,420 deaths this summer, accounted for nearly half, although the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for some of this.

Nearly 3,000 of these deaths occurred during one of France’s three heat waves this summer, which the agency said was the country’s second-warmest on record since 1900.

According to the UK Office for National Statistics and the Health Protection Agency, there were 3,271 excess deaths in England and Wales between June 1 and September 7, which is 6.2% higher than the five-year average (figures include Covid-19 and the agencies said The number of deaths was higher on hot days).

More than 4,500 heat-related deaths occurred in Germany this summer, according to the Robert Koch Institute, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

According to the Carlos III Health Institute, there were 4,655 heat deaths in Spain between June and August.

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This summer was Europe’s hottest on record. The average summer temperature for 2022 broke the previous pre-2021 record and since then the seven years between 2015 have been the warmest on record. Parts of France, Britain and Spain recorded record temperatures this summer as extreme heatwaves swept across the continent. Experts attribute the extremes solely to climate change, warning that things are likely to get worse in the future. Europe is warming much faster than many other parts of the world. Outbreaks of diseases such as malaria and dengue could be more common in warmer Europe, the bloc’s health department warned, and the aging population is less able to withstand extreme heat. Some reports estimate that up to 90,000 people could die from heat each year in Europe by the end of the century.

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$16 trillion. Research shows how much extreme warming caused by human-induced climate change cost the global economy between 1992 and 2013, though the real figure could be as high as $65 trillion. Extreme heat affects human health, productivity and agricultural production, all of which affect the economy. As is the case with many climate change impacts, the burden is disproportionately borne by the world’s poorest people, who have generally contributed the least to global warming and paid the most for it.

Read further

Heat waves in Europe offer a grim future (Wired)

Heat wave may have killed ‘generation’ of baby bats (BBC)

Climate change-induced heat waves have cost the world $16 trillion since the 1990s (Forbes)


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