As the summer is just beginning to heat up the Earth, new reports are already measuring the impact of this new season on our health. A new paper found that there are some hot spots around the globe that accommodate deadly heatwaves. Almost 30% of the global population is exposed to these extreme weather conditions for 20 days per year. On top of that, climate change is making this situation worse.
The United States Registered 9,000 Fatal Cases Since 1979 Because of Deadly Heatwaves
The world has been exposed to almost 1,900 episodes of heatwaves that proved to be deadly in the end. This happens when the temperatures surpass certain comfort thresholds. Once above them, people are experiencing difficulties in performing their usual daily activities. Since 1979, there were 9,000 cases of death in the United States alone. In the year of 1995, 700 citizens in Chicago succumbed to death because of extreme heats. These cases urged several thinkers including Stephen Hawking to think of future apocalyptic possibilities.
A team of researchers at the University of Hawaii wanted to take the pulse of today’s weather conditions. Therefore, they analyzed data from 164 cities across 36 countries to understand what makes heatwaves to be deadly. Afterward, they identified present locations around the globe where these unfavorable conditions last for at least 20 days a year. This is how they came to the conclusion that almost 30% of the population lives in life-threatening natural conditions.
The Team Prognoses That 75% of Humans Will Be Exposed to Fatal Heat by 2100
These findings are all based on real cases which make it even more relevant for modern society. To raise awareness about this phenomenon, UH researchers created a web app that shows how and when parts of the world are entering deadly heatwaves. On top of that, the app can read data to calculate the evolution of these harsh conditions in the future.
By 2100, the team prognoses that there will be 75% of the population exposed to fatal heat. This escalation can be averted only by cutting down on carbon emissions and slow down climate change.
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