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Extreme weather to kill 152000 Europeans a year by 2100

Extreme weather to kill 152000 Europeans a year by 2100

For example, the research claims that deaths resulting because of coastal flooding were numbered to be at six a year at the beginning of the previous century, but by the end of it, the number has sharply increased to 233 a year.

Experts predict a series of weather-related disasters, if there is no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, Sky News reported.

The study was compiled by focusing on natural disasters from 1981 and 2010 and the country the disaster happened in, the year and the total number of deaths were looked at to get an overall calculation and estimation of which population (s) were the most vulnerable.

That's 350 million people in 31 countries subjected to an increased risk of death and health hazards, said the study published on Friday in the journal Lancet Planetary Health.

While climate change would be responsible for 90% of the risks, the researchers found that population growth, migration and urbanisation would account for 10% of the problems.

Heat waves, floods, storms and other extreme events could make 152 000 deaths per year in Europe by the end of the century, compared to around 3 000 per year now, mainly because of global warming, warning a study Saturday.

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.

They focused on weather disasters that would have the greatest impacts: heatwaves, cold snaps, wildfires, droughts, river and coastal floods, and windstorms.

However, the study did not take into consideration advances that are like to be made in medical technology by the end of the century, said Sean Sublette, a meteorologist at the nonprofit Climate Central, who did not participate in the study. It is estimated that 151,500 people would die annually between 2071 and 2100, a sharp increase from 2,700 deaths a year recorded between 1981 and 2010.

By 2100, number of deaths in Europe resulting from weather disasters could increase by up to 50 times, a research has claimed.

The study predicts this region could see 700 deaths per million people due to extreme weather events by the end of the century.

The 28 European Union countries, as well as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, were analysed. The data they have combined with projections regarding the evolution of climate change, the growth and migration of populations.

The predictions are based on the assumption that greenhouse gas emissions will not be reduced over the next few decades, and there will be no improvement in efforts to reduce the impact of extreme weather events.


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