The recent article “Heat-related mortality in Europe during the summer of 2022” by Joan Ballester et al. dated July 10, 2023 and published in the Nature Medicine journal, quantified the mortality associated with record-breaking temperatures during the summer of 2022, currently the hottest season on record in Europe. It also observed the accelerated warming in the continent during the last decade (2013–2022). The results showed that there was a large increase in heat-related mortality during June–August 2022, approaching the record-breaking excess mortality of June–September 2003. The authors call for a re-evaluation and strengthening of existing heat surveillance platforms, prevention plans and long-term adaptation strategies.
Buildings & systems resilient to overheating during shocks can provide protection from heatwaves and high temperatures and reduce heat wave induced mortality.
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