Global Warming Causes A Third Of All Heat Related Deaths

Global warming caused a third of all heat related deaths between 1991 and 2018. Credit: Pixabay

Global warming caused more than a third of all heat related deaths between 1991 and 2018 and humans are to blame, a new study has found.

The grim statistic emerged after the British Met Office warned last week that deadly heat waves would strike Britain more often claiming thousands of vulnerable lives.

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found global warming caused by humans led to “increased mortality on every continent” and was behind 37 percent of heat related deaths.

Rising temperatures also caused other health issues and increased hospital admissions, the study found.

In the UK, the number of deaths caused by heat waves is set to increase as summers become hotter and the government is not doing enough to protect vulnerable people, according to the Met Office.

There is a “40 percent chance that the annual average global temperature in at least one of the next five years will temporarily reach 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels” it said in a report.

And the odds of this happening are increasing every year, it warned.

Professor Adam Scaife said, “Assessing the increase in global temperature in the context of climate change refers to the long-term global average temperature, not to the averages for individual years or months. Nevertheless, a temporary exceedance of the 1.5 degree level may already be seen in the next few years.”

Spain endured its hottest year on record in 2020, including the longest heatwave ever recorded on the Iberian Peninsula.

The average temperature nationwide topped 14.8 degrees Celsius, according to the Environment Ministry. That’s about 1.7 degrees hotter than the pre-industrial average, and above the 1.5-degree target for the world set out in the Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change signed in 2015.

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.


    • Herbert Lichtenwald

      02 June 2021 • 12:32

      pure propaganda, nothing really proven,
      just to keep people in fear to be able to control them better and
      to help the globalists to the NWO
      intelligent people have long since figured out this lie


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