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Levels of economic damage caused by heat waves depends on humans’ total carbon dioxide emissions

Levels of economic damage caused by heat waves depends on humans' total carbon dioxide emissions

A new study has shown that susceptibility to heat waves increases in a linear fashion as humans' cumulative carbon dioxide emissions increase.

The increasing number of heat waves cause damage to health and to economies particularly in poorer countries, where the weather has a greater impact on people's work than it does in richer countries. The study is the first to demonstrate the connection between cumulative carbon dioxide emissions and economic impacts.

Further information:

Antti-Ilari Partanen, Head of group, Senior Research Scientist, Finnish Meteorologica Institute, tel. +358 29 539 2055,

Chavaillaz, Y., Roy, P., Partanen, A.-I., Da Silva, L., Bresson, E., Mengis, N., Chaumont, D., Matthews, H. D.: Exposure to excessive heat and impacts on labour productivity linked to cumulative CO2 emissions, Sci. Rep., 9, 13711, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-50047-w, 2019.

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