New research shows that about a third of the world’s population now faces deadly heat waves due to climate change. Just last February, residents living in New South Wales and southern Queensland experienced the hottest day on record when the temperature soared past 40C. Paramedics were on high alert and the government declared a state-wide total fire ban in New South Wales to avoid the risk of bushfire.
Twenty Extremely Hot Days a Year
Camilo Mora, the lead author of the new research, found that the number of heat-related illness or death has grown steadily since 1980. He pointed out that the increase is because climate change now delivers deadly temperatures at least 20 days a year. He further explained that human sweat doesn’t evaporate when the humidity is too high, so heat accumulates inside the body, instead. In turn, people can suffer from heat toxicity, where the blood rushes to the skin to cool the body down, leaving less blood going to the organs.
Battle Against Heat and Drought
Australia is no stranger to the effects of climate change. Apart from the recent heat wave cases in the Eastern part of the country, Australia suffered from the infamous millennium drought. Perth, the capital of Western Australia, has long been one of the driest cities in the country; but, over the years, it has proven that it can stand against drought and heat. It pioneered water management initiatives, such as encouraging Perth residents to install water tanks in their homes through the help of providers like Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies. Somehow, the city found simple ways to avoid the drastic effects of climate change.
Going back to the topic of deadly heat waves, the research may be right that more and more countries are now facing the adverse effects of climate change. But looking at how Australia has battled – and continues to do so – against drought, bushfire and other heat-related issues, it seems that the country can endure the incoming heat waves with great fortitude.