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Europe’s Heatwave Caused More Than 20,000 ‘excess’ Deaths

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Europe's Heatwave Caused More Than 20,000 'excess' Deaths

(CTN NEWS) – Europe’s Heatwave – Over 20,000 “excess” deaths were caused by summer heatwaves in France, Germany, Spain, and Britain, according to research aggregating official data released on Thursday.

Climate scientists from the World Weather Attribution organization concluded that in 2022, temperatures reached close to or above 40 degrees Celsius from Paris to London.

These high temperatures would have been “nearly unachievable” without climate change.

In 2003, a heatwave that affected most of Europe and resulted in over 70,000 extra deaths prompted the opening of air-conditioned schools, early warning systems, and requests for people to check on one another.

Europe's Heatwave Caused More Than 20,000 'excess' Deaths

Europe’s Heatwaves 2003

Chloe Brimicombe, a heatwaves researcher at the University of Graz in Austria, noted that while this and related action plans may have lessened some of the effects of heatwaves in 2022.

The death toll was still “greater than projected.”

She told Reuters, “I think this has been the most significant heatwave since 2003.”

Authorities do not directly link the majority of fatalities to heat, but statisticians use the excess method to estimate the number of deaths by comparing the number of deaths in a specific time to what would be predicted based on past data.

Heat can cause heatstroke, which harms the brain, kidneys, and other organs, and it can also cause other disorders including a heart attack or breathing difficulties. Heatstroke can be fatal.

Europe's Heatwave Caused More Than 20,000 'excess' Deaths

The Copernicus Climate Change Service said that summer 2022 was the hottest on record.

While the World Meteorological Organization stated last month that Europe had warmed more than twice as much as the rest of the world over the past three decades.

This month, the World Meteorological Organization said that over the previous three decades, Europe has warmed up more than twice as much as the rest of the world.

While the Copernicus Climate Change Service reported that summer 2022 was the hottest on record.

With 10,420 fatalities, France reported approximately half of the summer’s excess mortality in Western Europe.

The Office of National Statistics in Britain stated that the number of excess fatalities in England and Wales during the summer was 3,271.

Spain reported 4,655 heat-related deaths between June and August, while the German health office reported 4,500.

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