Deadly Heat Stress Could Threaten Hundreds of Millions Even if Climate Targets Reached

Source: Desmog UK


Deadly heat stress is projected to affect hundreds of millions more people each year under relatively little additional climate warming. The Paris Agreement commits the international community to limit global warming to no more than 2℃ above pre-industrial (late 19th century) air temperatures, with an aspirational target of 1.5℃. In our latest research, which looked at the impact of global temperature rises on megacities, we found that even if 1.5℃ is achieved, large increases in the frequency of deadly heat are expected. The Conversation

By 2050 about 350 million more people living in megacities could be exposed to deadly heat each year.