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Climate Change Killing Hundreds Of Thousands In Europe

Wildfire.Andrea Booher/Wikimedia

The vast majority of scientists all over the world have already settled on the existence of climate change and the huge role that humanity has played in speeding it up. Now, new data is coming in that indicates how many people in Europe will likely die as a result of extreme weather patterns. Not surprisingly, the heatwave is in the lead as a cause.

The new data came via study from the Joint Research Center by the EU Commission and according to its findings, as many as 152,000 people might die as a result of extreme weather conditions each year. This trend is expected to continue until 2100.

“We found that weather-related disasters could affect about two-thirds of the European population annually by the year 2100 (351 million people exposed per year [uncertainty range 126 million to 523 million] during the period 2071–100) compared with 5% during the reference period (1981–2010; 25 million people exposed per year),” the paper reads.

More alarming is the fact that the number of people affected by climate change is expected to increase exponentially as well. In a recent BBC coverage of the study, it was revealed that one in three EU residents will be affected by extreme weather conditions over the next few decades. This is a huge bump compared to the one in 20 margin that was the norm at the start of the year 2000.

The main culprit that will be causing all of these deaths includes heat waves, which will affect everything from causing dehydration among vulnerable populations to sparking wildfires. The latter aspect can be severely concerning as well since wildfires all over the world have been known to cause billions of dollars in damages.

What makes this development worse is that the US government just notified other UN leaders of its official withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. While largely symbolic, it was meant to be a source of hope that the global crisis stemming from climate change can at least be slowed down.

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