Entire regions will become uninhabitable over the next few decades due to heat waves that will be more frequent and intense due to climate change. The United Nations and the Red Cross warned of this in a joint report on Monday. The warning comes less than a month before the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.
The report called for better preparations for future heat waves to reduce the number of deaths.
There are limits to the heat and high humidity that the human body can tolerate. Society’s ability to adapt also hits limits, it seems. “Based on the current development, heat waves in the next few decades will transcend these physiological and social limits, particularly in regions such as the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and South Asia,” the report said. This leads to widespread human suffering and death. Migration and inequality will also increase.” Urbanization and an aging population increase the number of potential victims.
She says heat waves are indeed the deadliest weather phenomenon. They kill thousands every year. In recent history, the wave of strikes in Europe in 2003, which killed more than 70,000 people, was especially disastrous, and the wave of 2010 in Russia, which killed 55 thousand people.
By the end of this century, researchers say, heat waves will kill the equivalent of all cancers combined. Heat is also considered a “silent killer,” which poses enormous challenges to society. The United Nations and the Red Cross are calling for urgent investment in climate change mitigation measures and support for the most vulnerable populations.