A recent report predicts that deaths caused by heat will increase by almost 400% by the year 2050.
According to a recent report, there will be a 370% rise in deaths caused by heat if global temperatures increase by 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels by the year 2050, as projected.
The results were included in a publication released on Wednesday in the medical journal Lancet’s yearly evaluation, called the Countdown, regarding the impacts of climate change on the well-being of the general population.
According to the Countdown, the amount of fatalities from heat-related causes among individuals aged 65 and above has increased by 85% in the past ten years compared to the period from 1991 to 2000. The research showed that the global population experienced an average of 86 days with dangerously high temperatures.
According to the research, there is a possibility that an additional 500 million individuals may face food insecurity by the year 2050 due to an increase in heatwaves causing droughts.
The group of global specialists who carried out the Lancet research expressed disapproval towards the increase in production of fossil fuels, which has been supported by significant government subsidies and investments from private banks.
According to a recent report from the U.N. Environment Program, 20 primary producers of fossil fuels are projected to increase their production of oil, gas, and coal by approximately 110% in 2030, surpassing the levels that would align with keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in check.
Limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels was a primary objective of the international climate agreement established in Paris in 2015.
The report covers 20 countries, such as Australia, Brazil, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. These countries are responsible for 82% of fossil fuel production and 73% of consumption.
According to the report, none of the countries have agreed to decrease their production of oil, gas, and coal to a level that would align with the 1.5 degree Celsius goal.
The Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse provided some data for this report.