Abnormally hot and cold temperatures that are worsening as climate change accelerates cause 5 million additional deaths globally each year, according to a new study.
The international study published in The Lancet Planetary Health Wednesday analyzed mortality and temperature data from 750 locations in 43 countries between 2000 and 2019. Over that period, global temperatures rose by 0.26 degrees Celsius per decade.
Researchers found that 9.4 percent of global deaths each year could be attributed to extreme cold and hot temperatures, equal to 74 excess deaths for every 100,000 people.
The study notes that while most deaths have been caused by cold exposure over the two-decade period, heat-related deaths increased by 0.21 percent as deaths associated with colder temperatures fell 0.51 percent over the 20-year period. Researchers said that trend is likely to continue as the planet warms.
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