Climate change threatens “heat island effect” in megacities

Feb 01, 2018, 6:53 AM EST
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The average global temperature rose by 0.25 degree Celsius between 1986 and 2015, and if this pattern continues, the megacities across Europe, Asia and Australia could be disproportionately affected by “short-term heatwaves.”

According to a study published in the journal “Earth’s Future,” by 2050, when 66% of the world’s population will dwell in urban areas, billions of people will be vulnerable to “heat island effect,” as urban environments hold heat for longer duration, notes Futurism.

Heat-related fatalities are certain to see an uptick in the future, with dramatic urbanization being a key factor aggravating the impact of extreme weather events, writes Reuters.