European summer again will take thousands of lives

20.02.2004

20.02.2004


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This summer, Europe will cover the same terrible heat, as in the past year. And it is possible that it will take back tens of thousands of Europeans.

According to data presented by researchers from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), in the summer of 2004, the average temperature in the countries of Southern and Western Europe will be at least 30 degrees Celsius. Moreover — in the coming years the trend of temperature rise, reflecting the global warming trend to continue.

Recall that this summer from the heat wave in Europe killed about 30,000 people — mostly elderly people suffering from chronic diseases of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Hospitals, half of the staff who were on leave, just could not cope with a sudden influx of people. Of course, this year, the European countries will have time to prepare for this trouble — but in any case is unlikely to be able to avoid human deaths …

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