Public health risks of hot Mediterranean summers vary by region

Source: Science for Environment Policy

Elderly people are at particular risk from the damaging health effects of hot summers in European Mediterranean cities, such as Athens, Barcelona and Lisbon, but in North African and Middle-Eastern Mediterranean cities, such as Tunis and Tel-Aviv, younger people are more vulnerable, a recent study concludes. This is particularly concerning, the researchers suggest, given the insufficient resources available to deal with this public health problem in some countries.

Higher temperatures and more intense heat waves are expected under future climate change in the Mediterranean region, which will affect human health, resulting in more premature deaths. As part of the EU-funded CIRCEproject, researchers investigated the consequences of hotter weather on the death rates of people living in Mediterranean cities, in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

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