Climate change and the crises it causes have long been clear public health emergencies. The World Health Organization (WHO) has long sounded the alarm, but action to combat climate change has been inconsistent and too slow.
About it says in a statement by the head of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Hans Kluge, published on Monday, November 7, on the organization’s website. WHO noted that in the European Region this summer, the world witnessed heat waves, droughts and forest fires that affected people’s health.
At least 15,000 people died in Europe due to hot weather in 2022. Over the three summer months, about 4.5 thousand deaths were registered in Germany, almost 4 thousand in Spain, more than 3.2 thousand deaths in the UK, over 1 thousand in Portugal.
Kluge called for a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through, among other things, a complete and rapid transition to clean and renewable energy. “We must effectively fight climate change together. We need more action in the European Region and beyond. We need to adapt to climate change and, more importantly, mitigate its effects in order to save more lives,” the WHO representative said.
Average world temperature in 2022 will be about 1.15°C higherthan between 1850 and 1900, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported. This UN structure recognized the last eight years as the hottest in the history of meteorological observations.