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In the united kingdom, france, Europeans swelter under an abnormally high temperature.
Heat stress, heat and humidity will have an annual impact of 1.2 billion people by 2100, according to a shocking new survey.
That eye-popping figure that is more than four times the number of affected people in the present day, and more than 12 times the number of those who are affected, it would have been without the industrial-age global warming of the earth, say the researchers.
“If we look at the risks posed by a warmer planet, and we need to pay special attention to the combination of extreme heat and humidity, which is especially dangerous to the health of the population,” senior author Robert Kopp, director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and a professor in the Department of Earth and Plantary Sciences, the School of Arts and Sciences, said in a statement.
The study looked at both the extreme heat and humidity, and with the help of a 40 climate simulations. The researchers focused on a measure of the heat stress, which accounts for temperature, humidity and other environmental factors, including wind speed, solar angle, and solar and infrared radiation.
“Every bit of the warming of the planet, with warm, humid days are more frequent and intense. In New York City, for example, of the hottest, most humid day in a typical year, about 11 times higher than would be the case in the 19th century,” said lead author Dawei, Li, a former Rutgers post-doctoral associate at the University of Massachusetts.
The team’s research was published earlier this month in the journal Environmental Research Letters.