Bjerknes Climate Podcast

Igor Ezau - Heatwaves, the weather that can kill thousands in developed countries

September 17, 2020

Heatwaves are the extreme weather events that kills the most worldwide together with its close cousin the long-term draught. Peer-reviewed analysis places the European death toll at more than 70,000, in the 2003 European heatwave alone [1]. This was in developed countries with the resources to mitigate the worst consequences. It lasted one month which makes this event as mortal as the ongoing pandemic.

The WHO defines heatwaves as more than three days with temperatures above 25 degrees C. This is when conditions start to get dangerous to humans. Other definitions are linked to higher temperatures than the normal temperatures – but what happens when the normal temperatures rise? Will there be less heatwaves?

Igor Ezau dicuss with Stephen outten and Ingjald Pilskog in this new episode “Heatwaves, the weather that can kill thousands in developed countries”.

[1] Robine, Jean-Marie; Cheung, Siu Lan K.; Le Roy, Sophie; Van Oyen, Herman; Griffiths, Clare; Michel, Jean-Pierre; Herrmann, François Richard (2008). "Solongo". Comptes Rendus Biologies331 (2): 171–178. doi:10.1016/j.crvi.2007.12.001ISSN 1631-0691PMID 18241810

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