Extreme weather events could kill over 100,000 a year in Europe by 2100

Extreme weather such as burning heat waves, wildfires, storm and flood could kill more than 152,000 Europeans every year, according to a new study.

It says the number is 50 times more deaths than reported now.

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By 2100, climate related hazards could influence 66% of Europe’s population for every year, scientists said in the study published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health by European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

The forecast reflects the extreme weather events are likely to happen if more isn’t done to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

A few days ago, there was an another research published in Science Advances that cautioned parts of South Asia with more than 1.5 billion population including Bangladesh, northern India and southern Pakistan could be so hot to live in by 2100 due to the rapid rise in global temperatures.

The Lancet Planetary Health study indicates that the number of deaths could rise from 3,000 between 1981 and 2010 to 152,000 between 2071 and 2100.

According to the study, in Europe two in three people will be affected by extreme events by 2100.

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The rate of disasters like heatwaves, cold snaps, wildfires, droughts, river and coastal floods, and wind storms in 28 European Union nations was projected to increase.

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre lead scientist Dr Giovanni Forzieri said: “Climate change is one of the biggest global threats to human health of the 21st century, and its peril to society will be increasingly connected to weather-driven hazards”

“Unless global warming is curbed as a matter of urgency and appropriate measures are taken, about 350 million Europeans could be exposed to harmful climate extremes on an annual basis by the end of the century”, he said.

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The study group analysed 2,300 weather calamity records from 1981 to 2010 to appraise the vulnerability of individuals living in various nations to each of the seven sorts of occasion.

Heatwaves were appeared to be by a long shot the most deadly climate impact, in charge of 99% of every single future deaths.

The number of individuals biting the dust every year from the extreme heat was predicted to rise from 2,700 to 151,500.

Coastal flooding will cause more deaths substantially from 6 deaths per year at the beginning of the century to 233 by 2100.

Southern Europe was probably going to be hardest hit by weather events. Extreme events at the end of the century were projected to cause around 700 deaths per million people.

Northern European nations, for example, the UK, were in a significantly more secure area with a normal three climate related deaths for each million of the population.

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Dr Forzieri added: “This study contributes to the ongoing debate about the need to urgently curb climate change and minimise its consequences.

“The substantial projected rise in risk of weather-related hazards to human beings due to global warming, population growth, and urbanisation highlights the need for stringent climate mitigation policies and adaptation and risk reduction measures to minimise the future effect of weather-related extremes on human lives.”

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