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Billions to face ‘deadly threshold’ of heat extremes by 2100, finds study

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Britons told to stay indoors during a heatwave, July 2014. Credit: Velar Grant / Alamy Stock Photo

Up to three quarters of the world’s population could be at risk from deadly heat extremes by the end of the century, a new study suggests

June 19, 2017 — The research finds that just under a third of the global population is currently exposed to heat extremes that have resulted in deaths in the past. This will increase as global temperatures rise. Continue reading Billions to face ‘deadly threshold’ of heat extremes by 2100, finds study

Climate change could make cities 8C hotter – scientists

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The median city stands to lose between 1.4 and 1.7% of GDP per year by 2050 due to climate change. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Combination of carbon emissions and ‘urban heat island’ effect of concrete and asphalt gives rise to worst-case scenario by end of 21st century

May 30, 2017 — Under a dual onslaught of global warming and localised urban heating, some of the world’s cities may be as much as 8°C (14.4F) warmer by 2100, researchers have warned. Continue reading Climate change could make cities 8C hotter – scientists