09 Nov Climate change as a threat to health and well-being in Europe: focus on heat and infectious diseases
European Environment Agency Report No 07/2022
Climate change as a threat to health and well-being in Europe: focus on heat and infectious diseases
Climate change poses multiple threats to human health and well-being in Europe. Extreme weather events, such
as devastating floods, extensive wildfires or intense and long-lasting heatwaves, that are more likely and more severe
due to the changing climate have become part of our reality in recent years. The greatest direct climate-related threat to human health in Europe is heat, and the large number of excess deaths attributable to extremely high temperatures and prolonged
heatwaves during the summer of 2022 is a case in point.
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