Report warns heatwaves will become so extreme in some parts of the world that human life will be unsustainable

Report warns heatwaves will become so extreme in some parts of the world that human life will be unsustainable - A report has been published by the Red Cross and the United Nations warning that within decades heatwaves will become so extreme in some parts of the world that human life there will be unsustainable. In their first joint report, UN humanitarian aid agency OCHA and the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies have raised alarm bells over the rising number of casualties as a result of heatwaves globally. It said 38 heatwaves had accounted for the deaths of more than 70,000 people worldwide from 2010 to 2019. The organisations called on governments to step up efforts to prepare for heatwaves, saying aggressive steps needed to be taken immediately to avert potentially recurrent heat disasters. The report’s release comes ahead of next month's COP27 climate change summit in Egypt.

 

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