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Heatwaves could kill 90,000 Europeans per year by 2100: Report

The three months from June-August were the hottest in Europe since records began, and the exceptionally high temperatures led to the worst drought the continent has witnessed since the Middle Ages.

Some 129,000 Europeans died from excessive heat in the period between 1980 and 2020. (File photo)(REUTERS)
Some 129,000 Europeans died from excessive heat in the period between 1980 and 2020. (File photo)(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 05:39 AM IST

Heatwaves have cost world economy trillions in past two decades: Report

Massive economic losses due to sweltering temperatures brought on by human-caused climate change are not just a problem for the distant future.

In this file aerial photo taken earlier this year shows a boat on the dried-up bed of a section of Iraq's receding southern marshes of Chibayish in Dhi Qar province. (AFP)
In this file aerial photo taken earlier this year shows a boat on the dried-up bed of a section of Iraq's receding southern marshes of Chibayish in Dhi Qar province. (AFP)
Published on Oct 30, 2022 06:21 PM IST

Health experts share tips on how to beat the October heat this year

Since the October heat wave is here, it is all the more important for us to keep ourselves hydrated. Apart from drinking water, health experts suggest these other ways to beat the heat and increase your fluid intake

Health experts share tips on how to beat the October heat this year(Taryn Elliott)
Health experts share tips on how to beat the October heat this year(Taryn Elliott)
Updated on Oct 18, 2022 04:27 PM IST

Heatwaves will make entire regions uninhabitable within decades, UN warns

Climate Change: Heatwaves are predicted to "exceed human physiological and social limits" in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and south and southwest Asia.

Climate Change: Processing tomatoes dried up by heat and drought hang on vines on a farm belonging to farmer Aaron Barcellos in Los Banos, California, US.(Reuters)
Climate Change: Processing tomatoes dried up by heat and drought hang on vines on a farm belonging to farmer Aaron Barcellos in Los Banos, California, US.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 10, 2022 04:53 PM IST

Record-breaking heat in Delhi had devastating impacts: Report

The report projected that by 2050, at least 1.6 billion people living in 970 cities around the world will be regularly exposed to 3-month average temperatures reaching at least 35 degrees Celsius.

There is also a 93% probability that at least one year in the next five will be warmer than the warmest year on record, 2016, and that the mean temperature for 2022–2026 will be higher than that of the last five years. (HT Archive)
There is also a 93% probability that at least one year in the next five will be warmer than the warmest year on record, 2016, and that the mean temperature for 2022–2026 will be higher than that of the last five years. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 13, 2022 09:35 PM IST

California says brace for blackouts as heat wave drives record power use

With power demand soaring to an all-time high, the state’s grid operator warned residents to prepare for controlled outages as temperatures soared above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) across much of California.

The Fairview Fire burns near Hemet, California, US, September 6, 2022.(REUTERS/David Swanson)
The Fairview Fire burns near Hemet, California, US, September 6, 2022.(REUTERS/David Swanson)
Published on Sep 07, 2022 06:12 AM IST

There is an ice cream supply crisis in Gaza. Why?

Amid intense summer heat, despite increased demand for ice cream, shopkeepers are unable to sell them due to lengthy power cuts in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian girl eats ice cream in Kathem ice cream shop, as heat and lengthy power cuts melt ice cream shops' profits, in Gaza City.(REUTERS)
Palestinian girl eats ice cream in Kathem ice cream shop, as heat and lengthy power cuts melt ice cream shops' profits, in Gaza City.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 28, 2022 04:52 PM IST

'Extreme heat belt' to cover middle of US by 2053: Report

The research, carried out by nonprofit First Street Foundation, used a peer-reviewed model built with public and third-party data to estimate heat risk at what they called a "hyper-local" scale of 30 square meters.

'Extreme healt belt' to cover middle of US by 2053: Report(AP)
'Extreme healt belt' to cover middle of US by 2053: Report(AP)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 05:57 AM IST

'Extreme heat' warning begins in UK as France battles ‘devastating wildfire’

The ‘amber’ heatwave warning follows Britain's first-ever red "extreme heat" warning in July, following months of minimal rainfall.

Firefighters deploy to fight a fire in a forest near homes in Clefs-Val-D'Anjou, near La Fleche, western France, where flames have ravaged more than 500 hectares of forests since a fire started on August 8.(AFP)
Firefighters deploy to fight a fire in a forest near homes in Clefs-Val-D'Anjou, near La Fleche, western France, where flames have ravaged more than 500 hectares of forests since a fire started on August 8.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 11, 2022 02:55 PM IST

Extreme temperatures trigger weather warnings across Europe

France and the UK to issue fresh warnings for this week in the wake of another scorching heatwave which is set to sweep Europe.

Sunflowers suffer from lack of water, as Europe is under an unusually extreme heat wave, in Ury, 112 miles south of Paris, France, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. France is this week going through its fourth heatwave of the year as the government warned last week that the country is faced with the most severe drought ever recorded. Some farmers have started to see a decrease in production especially in fields of soy, sunflowers and corn. (AP)
Sunflowers suffer from lack of water, as Europe is under an unusually extreme heat wave, in Ury, 112 miles south of Paris, France, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. France is this week going through its fourth heatwave of the year as the government warned last week that the country is faced with the most severe drought ever recorded. Some farmers have started to see a decrease in production especially in fields of soy, sunflowers and corn. (AP)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 02:46 PM IST

France in midst of 4th heat wave amid historic drought

The southern half of France expects daytime temperatures of up to 40 degrees celsius, and won't drop at nighttime below 20 degrees celsius.

File photo of cracked and dry earth on the banks of Le Broc lake, as a historical drought hits France, August 5, 2022.(REUTERS)
File photo of cracked and dry earth on the banks of Le Broc lake, as a historical drought hits France, August 5, 2022.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 08:10 PM IST

Europe's scorching heat to escalate pressure on power infrastructure

Northwest and central Europe to get hit by another scorching heatwave putting further pressure on the continent’s strained power infrastructure.

Children cool off in a water fountain during a heatwave, in London, Britain. (File)(REUTERS)
Children cool off in a water fountain during a heatwave, in London, Britain. (File)(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 03:37 PM IST

79 people died due to heatwave in April-June, says health ministry

Heat-related deaths were lower in the previous two years because pandemic lockdowns forced people to stay at home, limiting their exposure to high daytime temperatures, the health ministry said.

As many as 79 person died due to heatwaves between April and June and over 3,400 reported illnesses attributed to the unbearably high temperatures during the period, the health ministry has said in a report. (PTI)
As many as 79 person died due to heatwaves between April and June and over 3,400 reported illnesses attributed to the unbearably high temperatures during the period, the health ministry has said in a report. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 02, 2022 04:55 AM IST

Climate crisis behind heat extremes in India, UK: Study

WWA, which presented its analysis on the July UK heat wave spell on Friday said this (the spell) was made 10 times more likely due to climate change.

Climate scientists said all of these heat extremes that posed a massive public health crisis were linked by certain global atmospheric patterns. (PTI)
Climate scientists said all of these heat extremes that posed a massive public health crisis were linked by certain global atmospheric patterns. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 29, 2022 10:54 AM IST

China's blistering heatwave strains power grid, threatens rice, cotton crops

The heat is testing China’s ability to keep its factories running - a sign of the risks posed by increasingly frequent extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Representative image(HT photo)
Representative image(HT photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2022 10:32 AM IST

Does child malnutrition gets worsened by extreme heat exposure? Study answers

The findings of a new study are worrying because temperatures in West Africa are rising and expected to continue to do so for several decades and the effects of acute and chronic malnutrition in early childhood are irreversible

Médecins Sans Frontières 'MSF' doctor Ibrahim Fori Bwala, left, examines Ja'afar Ahmed, a malnourished child at the Inpatients Therapeutic Feeding Center in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Nigeria is grappling with child malnutrition in its troubled northwest region where armed groups have been targeting rural communities. The food crisis is worsened by an already existing hunger in this part of the West African nation which government statistics say has a 40% poverty rate.  (Nasir Ghafoor/Médecins Sans Frontières via AP)
Médecins Sans Frontières 'MSF' doctor Ibrahim Fori Bwala, left, examines Ja'afar Ahmed, a malnourished child at the Inpatients Therapeutic Feeding Center in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Nigeria is grappling with child malnutrition in its troubled northwest region where armed groups have been targeting rural communities. The food crisis is worsened by an already existing hunger in this part of the West African nation which government statistics say has a 40% poverty rate.  (Nasir Ghafoor/Médecins Sans Frontières via AP)
Updated on Jul 26, 2022 10:30 AM IST

France to order air-conditioned shops to keep doors shut to cut energy wastage

Some cities in France -- which like other parts of Europe has been gripped by a heatwave recently -- passed municipal by-laws in July, imposing fines for offending air-conditioned shops.

The minister said there were also plans to restrict the use of illuminated signs.(Bloomberg file image)
The minister said there were also plans to restrict the use of illuminated signs.(Bloomberg file image)
Updated on Jul 25, 2022 05:28 AM IST

'Heat kills': 1,700 dead in Spain, Portugal this year, says WHO | 5 points

Europe heatwave: Visuals have emerged from across the continent of locals trying to grapple with record temperatures. 

Firefighters crouch on the ground as smoke rises during a wildfire in Parque Natural O Invernadeiro, Spain July 21, 2022 in this still image obtained from a social media video. Twitter/@BrifLaza/via REUTERS(TWITTER/@BRIFLAZA via REUTERS)
Firefighters crouch on the ground as smoke rises during a wildfire in Parque Natural O Invernadeiro, Spain July 21, 2022 in this still image obtained from a social media video. Twitter/@BrifLaza/via REUTERS(TWITTER/@BRIFLAZA via REUTERS)
Published on Jul 22, 2022 10:39 PM IST

Biden seeks to revive climate agenda as heat waves slam US, Europe

Biden, delivering a speech at a former coal-fired electricity plant in Massachusetts, said his administration would do whatever necessary, with or without lawmakers on board.

US President Joe Biden (AP Photo)
US President Joe Biden (AP Photo)
Published on Jul 21, 2022 07:20 AM IST

Explained: How climate change drives heatwaves, wildfires

In addition to record temperatures, wildfires are raging across southern Europe with evacuations in towns in Italy and Greece.

A firefighter tries to extinguish the flames next to motorcycles during a wildfire near Megara town, west of Athens, Greece.(PTI)
A firefighter tries to extinguish the flames next to motorcycles during a wildfire near Megara town, west of Athens, Greece.(PTI)
Published on Jul 20, 2022 11:30 PM IST

UK breaks its record for highest temperature as Europe battles heatwave

At least 748 heat-related deaths have been reported in the heat wave in Spain and neighboring Portugal, where temperatures reached 47 C (117 F) earlier this month.

A man refreshes his face at a fountain in Trafalgar Square in central London, Tuesday.(AP)
A man refreshes his face at a fountain in Trafalgar Square in central London, Tuesday.(AP)
Published on Jul 19, 2022 04:52 PM IST

Wildfires rage in France, Spain as Europe bakes in heatwave 

Two people were killed in the blazes in Spain that the country's prime minister linked to global warming, saying: “Climate change kills".

A firefighter sprays water as smoke rises from a forest fire near Louchats, as wildfires continue to spread in the Gironde region of southwestern France.(REUTERS)
A firefighter sprays water as smoke rises from a forest fire near Louchats, as wildfires continue to spread in the Gironde region of southwestern France.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 18, 2022 09:31 PM IST

Europe broils in heatwaves, France and Spain warn of possible record temperature

In both France and Spain, fierce heat fuelled wildfires — part of a wall of high temperatures moving across Europe, touching even places like Britain, where officials have issued the first-ever extreme heat warning. 

Sunbeds are arranged along a beach, as Europe braces for a heatwave, in Zandvoort on July 18, 2022. - The heatwave, spreading north, began as the second to engulf parts of southwest Europe in weeks, and blazes burning in France, Greece, Portugal and Spain have destroyed thousands of hectares of land and forced thousands of residents and holidaymakers to flee.  ((Photo by Ramon van Flymen / various sources / AFP) / Netherlands OUT)
Sunbeds are arranged along a beach, as Europe braces for a heatwave, in Zandvoort on July 18, 2022. - The heatwave, spreading north, began as the second to engulf parts of southwest Europe in weeks, and blazes burning in France, Greece, Portugal and Spain have destroyed thousands of hectares of land and forced thousands of residents and holidaymakers to flee.  ((Photo by Ramon van Flymen / various sources / AFP) / Netherlands OUT)
Updated on Jul 18, 2022 07:01 PM IST

UK on course for hottest day on record, to hit 40° C for the 1st time

Much of Europe is baking in a heatwave that has pushed temperatures into the mid-40s Celsius (over 110 Fahrenheit) in some regions, with wildfires raging across tinder-dry countryside in Portugal, Spain and France.

People cool off in the water fountains by the Scoop during a heatwave, in London.(REUTERS)
People cool off in the water fountains by the Scoop during a heatwave, in London.(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 18, 2022 06:29 PM IST

Europe braces for highest temperatures amid widespread wildfires

Britain is on high alert with temperature likely to breach 40 degrees Celsius for the first time. France, Portugal, Greece and Spain are facing widespread wildfires for the second week.

Fire engines drive during a wildfire in El Pont de Vilomara, north of Barcelona, Spain. (REUTERS)
Fire engines drive during a wildfire in El Pont de Vilomara, north of Barcelona, Spain. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 18, 2022 03:26 PM IST

Western Europe wilts under fresh heatwave

The mass of hot air which pushed temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in large parts of the Iberian Peninsula since Sunday was set to spread to the north and east in the coming days.

A man drinks water during a heatwave in Seville. Firefighters battled wildfires in Spain and Portugal as Western Europe faced its second heatwave in less than a month which threatened glaciers in the Alps and worsened drought conditions. (AFP)
A man drinks water during a heatwave in Seville. Firefighters battled wildfires in Spain and Portugal as Western Europe faced its second heatwave in less than a month which threatened glaciers in the Alps and worsened drought conditions. (AFP)
Published on Jul 12, 2022 10:33 PM IST

High humidity risks: How deadly mix of heat and humidity could impact our health

The combination of high heat and humidity can be deadly and may lead to many unexpected health issues, say experts.

When the humidity in the air is high, the warm moisture stays on our skin longer, making us feel even hotter(Pixabay)
When the humidity in the air is high, the warm moisture stays on our skin longer, making us feel even hotter(Pixabay)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 01:31 PM IST

Hair care tips: Top 6 ways to help your tresses stay healthy during summers

While basking in sun or styling hair using extra heat, there are several reasons why your tresses could suffer shortage of moisture. Check out these top 6 hair care tips to help your hair stay healthy during the summer months.

Hair care tips: Top 6 ways to help your tresses stay healthy during summers (JESSICA TICOZZELLI)
Hair care tips: Top 6 ways to help your tresses stay healthy during summers (JESSICA TICOZZELLI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 05:36 PM IST

Heat, pollution hurt health of outdoor workers in city: Study

The lung function tests conducted during the study revealed that the majority of respondents (39% sweepers, 33% vehicle drivers and 27% street vendors) had limited lung function.

Health conditions of outdoor workers were also found to deteriorate because of extreme temperatures in both summer and winter, the IIT study found.(HT Photo)
Health conditions of outdoor workers were also found to deteriorate because of extreme temperatures in both summer and winter, the IIT study found.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 04:59 AM IST

Recipe: Give the summer heat a tropical tangy twist with Kokum Cooler

A refreshing summer drink made from coarsely pounded red chillies and jaggery? We are already drooling! Check out the recipe of Kokum Cooler inside to beat the heat this sultry season and thank us later

Recipe: Give the summer heat a tropical tangy twist with Kokum Cooler (Simrun Chopra)
Recipe: Give the summer heat a tropical tangy twist with Kokum Cooler (Simrun Chopra)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 09:21 AM IST
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