The study, which The Lancet writes about, was conducted by scientists at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal). According to them, the figure of 70 thousand dead is 10 percent higher than the group’s previous estimates. So, scientists believe, a year earlier, 62,000 people died from the heat.
Forbes writes that the last eight years on Earth have been the hottest on record, and this year promises to be even hotter, and so on.
This is partly due to natural climate changes caused by the climate phenomenon El Niño, which warms surface waters in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.
And while mortality is a key metric when assessing the impacts of climate change, there is much that these data miss. This includes access to sufficient food and water, as well as infectious diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Zika and Dengue fever. The risk of their spread to previously undeveloped parts of the world has already been proven. One of the reasons is mosquitoes that carry the infection, which are colonizing increasingly northern regions.
Added to this is air pollution, which is linked to a range of health problems, including heart disease and cancer.
The publication notes that there is growing evidence that climate change is having a serious impact on people’s mental health, as adverse weather events make more people nervous and anxious. And there are increasing reports of so-called “climate anxiety,” especially among children and young people. High air temperatures, researchers say, cause an increase in the number of suicides and suicidal behavior.