350 mn in Eueope at risk of extreme weather

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As per the research, from 1981 to 2010, in Europe, weather-related deaths increased by 3,000 on an average every year.

The study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal keeps in consideration that the world shows no improvement in policies to reduce the impact of climate change.

The researchers said climate change would be the main driver, accounting for 90% of the risk, while population growth, migration and urbanisation would account for 10%.

A new study shows that deaths that result from extreme weather in Europe could increase 50 times by the end of the century if the effects of global warming are not curbed.

The study also argues that 2-in-3 Europeans would be impacted by a weather disaster in some way, as opposed to the 5% who were exposed to such catastrophe from 1981 onward.

The study analysed effects of harmful types of weather-related disaster - heat waves, cold waves, wildfires, droughts, river and coastal floods and windstorms - in 28 countries of the European Union, plus Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.

The researchers advocated for adherence to the Paris agreement on climate change to "limit global warming and increase resilience to climate change to preserve the health and wellbeing of future generations of people in Europe".

If you are still not able to imagine such a disaster, consider this: According to the researchers, 99 per cent of future weather-related deaths will be because of heat waves.

Southern Europe is likely to be more affected than the Northern one, with a number of dead climbing to 700 per million people every year at the end of the century, against 11 at the beginning.

Nearly everyone living in Italy, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia would be affected by weather-related disasters, causing 700 deaths per 1 million people annually.

Two in three people in Europe will be affected by disasters by 2100, against a rate of one in 20 at the start of the century.

The researchers derived these numbers by looking at disaster records from 1981 to 2010 and estimating how vulnerable people in each country were to each of the seven types of weather-related events. The data they have combined with projections regarding the evolution of climate change, the growth and migration of populations.

Paul Wilkinson, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who was not involved in the study, added that the findings were "yet another reminder of the exposures to extreme weather and possible human impacts that might occur if emissions of greenhouse gases continue unabated".

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