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World News December 13, 2023

Health risks surge in UK due to climate change: report

A report from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) suggests that adverse health impacts due to extreme weather and vector-borne diseases could increase in the United Kingdom under a warming climate. The report, authored by 90 experts, is based on a high-end warming scenario, projecting approximately 4.3 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100. The report estimates up to 10,000 deaths in the UK by the 2050s due to extreme heat, with a substantial surge in heat-related deaths anticipated, increasing over 1.5 times by the 2030s and over 12-fold by the 2070s. It warns of the potential transmission of vector-borne diseases, such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses, in London and other parts of the UK due to Asian tiger mosquitoes and Culex mosquitoes.

The report also highlights increased flood risks, changing rainfall patterns, and the UK’s growing dependence on climate-vulnerable countries for food supplies, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables. UKHSA emphasizes the need for immediate action to adapt policies, environments, and behaviors to mitigate the health impacts of climate change. According to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, this year is projected to be the hottest on record.

Source – CGTN

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