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Regular heatwaves 'will kill thousands'
The Environmental Audit Committee warns of 7,000 heat-related deaths every year in the UK by 2050 if the government doesn't act quickly...

During the 2003 heatwave, excess deaths in nursing homes in parts of the UK rose by 42%. The MPs want hospitals and care homes inspected to check they can cope with scorching heat...

In a densely populated city, temperatures are higher. Homes built in the 1960s and 1970s present a particular risk, as can flats with windows that are small, hard to open or face the same way. The committee complains there is no regulation to prevent overheating in buildings...

Cities can be up to 10C hotter than the surrounding countryside because hard surfaces absorb heat during the day and give out heat at night. This is the heat island effect. If people get too hot in bed, it prevents them recovering from the previous day's heat. Yet the government's planning framework makes no mention of the heat island effect.
environment  health  future-dystopia  uk 
july 2018 by iamfantastikate
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