Heat May Cause More Deaths In Kuwait
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According to a study, Kuwait's ongoing rise in temperature may have a long-term impact on health and may raise the country's death rate. Climate change and health in Kuwait: temperature and mortality projections under different climatic scenarios was a study conducted by Barrak Al-Ahmad from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, Kuwait University in collaboration with Ana Maria Vicedo-Cabrera, Kai Chen, Eric Garshick, Aaron S Bernstein, Joel Schwartz, and Petros Koutrakis. The US Environmental Protection Agency, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, and the Harvard Chan National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center for Environmental Health all provided funding for this work.

The study found that by the end of the century, heat-related mortality among migrant workers from countries other than Kuwait could rise by about 15%. By the end of the century, it is predicted that 14 out of every 100 deaths in Kuwait will be caused by heat. According to the study, the average temperature in Kuwait is expected to rise from a baseline of 2000–2009 by 1.80 degrees Celsius (SSP–2-4.5) to 2.57 degrees Celsius (SSP–8.5) by the middle of the century. There could be an increase of up to 5.54 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. According to the study, a scenario increases heat-related mortality by 11.7 percent (2.7, 19.0) by the end of the century, and a moderate scenario increases heat-related mortality by 5.1 percent (95 percent empirical confidence intervals: 0.8, 9.3).

11 Aug, 2022 1153

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