Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases – study | US news | The Guardian


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Summary generated on August 13, 2020


    In a high-emissions scenario where little is done to curb planet-heating gases, global mortality rates will be raised by 73 deaths per 100,000 people by the end of the century.

    The research used an enormous global dataset of death and temperature records to see how they are related, gathering not only direct causes such as heatstroke but also less obvious links such as a surge in heart attacks during a heatwave.

    As already baking temperatures climb further this century, countries such as Ghana, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sudan face an additional 200 or more deaths per 100,000 people.

    Colder, richer countries such as Norway and Canada will see a drop in deaths as fewer and fewer people perish due to extreme cold.

    The deaths resulting from this heat are sometimes plain enough to generate attention, such as the fact that 1,500 people who died in France from the hot temperatures during summer last year.