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. A study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, used data from 732 locations in 43 countries to calculate the number of deaths attributed to heat levels higher than the ideal temperature for human health, which varies across locations.
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Well over 5,500 people in the UK have died from heat-related deaths as a result of climate change in less than three decades, according to a new study. Researchers estimate that one in three deaths in which heat has played a role can be attributed to global warming, which has increased the underlying temperature by 1C since the industrial revolution. Researchers estimate that 82 people a year in London died from climate-change heat between 1991 and 2018 – giving a total of 2,214 deaths over 27 years.
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