Extreme Heat: A Global Health Problem

04.03.16 By

Over the past four decades, there has been a steady increase in the number of deaths in summer, compared to those in winter, in Australia, indicating that warming may already be affecting mortality rates (Bennett et al. 2013). Globally, heatwaves have been associated with catastrophic mass mortality in recent years, such as in Europe (70,000 in 2003), in Russia (55,000 in 2010) (Lee 2014) and thousands in the Indian subcontinent in 2015.