If the global temperature rises three degrees on average, the loss of working hours due to extreme heat will amount to 1.4 trillion euros per year

The world is heading towards a future where extreme global warming will drastically impact each and every aspect of human life. If the global temperature increases three degrees on average (the most likely scenario right now), extreme heat will cause lost work hours and productivity that could amount to as much as 1.4 billion euros per year. “Every extra grade will cause more economic losses. And as the world warms, strategies like moving work to cooler hours of the day will no longer be effective“concludes a study published this Tuesday in the scientific journal ‘Nature Communications’.

The analysis points out the impact of the global increase in temperatures on the activity of people who work outdoors. Specially in the agricultural sector and in that of the construction, where working hours add up to a large number of hours and are carried out, to a large extent, outdoors. “If global temperatures rise two degrees more than today, it will be almost impossible to perform these jobs safely during the summer afternoons in many parts of the world “, highlights the research. places like Spain, without going any further, in 2100 the average temperatures of one month of August could be around between 35 and 40 degrees. Not to mention that, as the experts point out, in this scenario we will also be more exposed to increasingly frequent and extreme heat waves.

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On a global scale, according to the recently published study, it is estimated that countries such as India, China, Pakistan and Indonesia they will suffer the greatest number of work hours lost due to extreme heat, since much of their population works outdoors. The research also points to a long list of regions where global rise in temperatures will cause the largest losses per capita of the globe. This is the case, for example, of United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Thailand, Gambia, Senegal, Cambodia, Ghana and Sri Lanka. In these points of the world map, in addition, extreme heat could further exacerbate the gap between rich and poor.

“Regrettably, many of the countries and people most affected for these job losses they are not responsible for most of the emissions greenhouse gases that have triggered the climate crisis “, argues Luke Parsons, a climate researcher at the Duke University School of the Environment and first author of this research. Right now, in fact, tropical and subtropical regions of the planet (which in many cases also coincide with the poorest countries on the globe) stand out as the most affected by extreme heat. But if the climate crisis advances, the study warns, in just a few decades the impact of extreme global warming will spread to other latitudes of the planet. And that it will cause millionaire losses In all countries of the world.


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