Scientists Link Excess Deaths To Climate Change as Wildfires Continue
p>Researchers at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umea University in Sweden have found that global temperature increases since 1980 in the Stockholm area led to 300 excess deaths. Whilst the figures are relatively small, when extrapolated over the whole of Europe they become significant. The frequency and intensity of heatwaves in the last 30 years is thought to be one of the reasons for the findings.
The study comes as the head of the United Nations committee on climate change has blamed global warming for the wildfires which are sweeping across Australia. Talking in an interview with CNN Christiana Figueres said; “The World Meteorological Organization has not established a direct link between wildfire and climate change ? yet. But what is absolutely clear is the science is telling us that there are increasing heat waves in Asia, Europe, and Australia; that these will continue; that they will continue in their intensity and in their frequency.”
Whilst Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed the link claiming that the fires are ?a function of life in Australia? previous research by Professor Roger Jones a co-ordinating lead author for the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that wildfire danger in the state of Victoria has increased by over a third since 1996. ??