/ 02 June 2021

Dying from the heat

Umm derr, because of extreme weather events, right? Yes, but here are some facts. According to a big new international study, between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of the world’s 30 million heat-related deaths have been directly caused by climate change. That number includes 3,000 deaths in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The worst affected: parts of Asia and Central/South America. But scientists say many more people have died from other extreme weather events linked to global warming, such as storms, floods and droughts. “These findings ratify statements of the scientific community that climate change is affecting human health already, it is not a matter of future generations only,” lead researcher Dr Ana Vicedo-Cabrera said. Just in time for a warm winter

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