Heat waves like the one Europe is currently experiencing and other negative climate trends will be common at least “until 2060“warned the secretary general of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Petteri Taalas.
“The increased frequency of these negative trends will continue until at least 2060, regardless of success or not in mitigating climate change“, stressed the expert at a press conference to analyze the current heat wave, held jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Heat waves are becoming more common due to climate change,” added Taalas, recalling that today a temperature of more than 40 degrees could be reached for the first time in the United Kingdom while in Portugal 47 have been reached and that and other countries in southern Europe have been devastated by fires.
“We have ‘doped’ the atmosphere by ‘injecting’ more greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide,” said the expert, who pointed out that in heat waves such as those of 2003 in central Europe or that of 2010 in Russia there were already tens of thousands of deathsand the figures could be repeated this time.
“The most vulnerable are, as in the case of covid, people with previous conditions and the elderly,” said Taalas, who also warned of the effects of these extreme weather events on agriculture (already hit by the war in Ukraine) and tourism.
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