Can we sustain success in reducing deaths to extreme weather in a hotter world?

Mehrabi, Zia, Donner, Simon, Rios, Patricia, Guha-Sapir, Debarati, Rowhani, Pedram, Kandlikar, Milind and Ramankutty, Navin (2019) Can we sustain success in reducing deaths to extreme weather in a hotter world? World Development Perspectives. ISSN 2452-2929

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In an incredible story of human adaptation, the aggregate global risk of mortality to extreme weather declined by over two orders of magnitude over the past century. Yet the data show that large losses of lives to extreme weather disasters persist in nations typified by poor economic development, weak institutions, and political instability. And currently we are seeing spikes in mortality from extreme heat events in rich nations, including a wave of new reported deaths in Japan, Europe, and Canada during 2018. These events and future projections of increasing exposure suggest that we need to revisit adaptation strategies to deal with the adverse effects of extreme weather disasters across the world.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: heat waves, disaster, adaptation
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: climate@sussex
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography > GB5000 Natural disasters
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0851 Meteorology. Climatology Including the earth's atmosphere > QC0980 Climatology and weather > QC0981.8.A-Z Special topics, A-Z > QC0981.8.C5 Climate change
Depositing User: Pedram Rowhani
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 08:23
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 15:17

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