Heatwaves and mortality: past, present and future impacts

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion


High temperatures increase the chances of heat-related illnesses and deaths in most places around the world. In England alone, Public Health England estimate that over 2500 excess deaths occurred during heatwave periods in summer 2020, in addition to covid deaths. As a society, we are more aware than ever of the intersection of health and the environment and the importance of foresight.

In this talk I provided an overview of historic heatwaves and their impacts on human mortality, and whether human-induced climate change increased the risk of heatwave deaths. I discussed, based on what we know about the relationship between high temperatures and mortality outcomes, the current and potential future mortality impacts of extreme heat due to climate change. I took a global perspective to explore what meeting the global temperature targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement might mean in terms of extreme heat-related mortality in the future.
Period26 Feb 2021
Event titleBristol University Climate Emergency Day of Action: Climate and Health Teach Out
Event typeOther
Degree of RecognitionLocal