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37% of heat fatalities due to climate – study

More than one-third of the world’s heat deaths, or around 37 percent, each year are due directly to global warming, according to the latest study to calculate the human cost of climate change.

But scientists say that’s only a sliver of climate’s overall toll – even more people die from other extreme weather amplified by global warming such as storms, flooding and drought – and the heat death numbers will grow exponentially with rising temperatures.

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Dozens of researchers who looked at heat deaths in 732 cities around the globe from 1991 to 2018 calculated that 37 percent were caused by higher temperatures from human-caused warming, according to a study on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in the journal Nature Climate Change.

That amounts to about 9,700 people a year from just those cities, but it is much more worldwide, the study’s lead author said.

The highest percentages of heat deaths caused by climate change were in cities in South America. Vicedo-Cabrera pointed to Southern Europe and Southern Asia as other hot spots for climate change-related heat deaths.

Source: The Manila Times

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