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UK heatwave plan urgently needed to save lives

The UK urgently needs a plan to prevent thousands of heatwave deaths a year as the climate continues to warm, a cross-party committee of MPs has warned. More than 4,500 people died in heatwaves in 2022, the MPs’ report said, and this number could rise to 10,000 a year by 2050 without action. Heatwaves are “silent killers”, the MPs said, pushing up heart rate and blood pressure, with those over 65 and with existing health problems most at risk. Mental health is also affected, with the risk of suicide twice as high when temperatures rise from 22C to 32C, and poor sleep due to hot nights can cost the economy £60bn a year in lost productivity, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) reported. Temperatures in the UK rose above 40C in 2022 for the first time, and 2023 was the world’s hottest year on record. But record hot summers could happen every other year by 2050, according to the Met Office. Scientists are clear that every heatwave is being made more likely and more intense by the climate crisis. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/31/uk-heatwave-plan-urgently-needed-to-save-lives-say-mps

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  • Ms Konner

    11 w

    HELP SOS TV GOLIO SOFS

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    • Princess

      11 w

      Failing to implement such a plan promptly could have detrimental consequences

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      • George Kariuki

        11 w

        This is a truly alarming report, highlighting the urgent need for the UK to develop a comprehensive heatwave plan.

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        • Joseph Githinji

          11 w

          The UK authorities must work around the clock to stop destruction of lives and moreso create a better plan to avoid this in the future.

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          • Esther Wanjiku

            11 w

            Swift action needed here to save lives

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            • walter lungayi

              11 w

              It's crucial for the UK to develop a comprehensive heatwave plan to protect lives and ensure public safety as temperatures continue to rise.

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              • Kevin

                11 w

                Calling on UK authorities to really act fast on this

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                • winnie nguru

                  11 w

                  I hope they act fast so we don't lose any lives

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                  • johnte ndeto

                    11 w

                    Serious measures should be put in place to prepare and prevent future climate crisis that may lead to death

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                    • winnie nguru

                      11 w

                      @johnte_ndeto sure. countries should stay prepared

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