Heat related deaths set to treble by 2050, MPs warn

29th July 2018
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Ministers must end policies that help send mercury soaring and endanger lives

Heat-related deaths are set to treble by 2050 unless the government acts on the dangers, the Environmental Audit Committee warns today.

The MPs warn there will be 7,000 heat-related deaths every year in the UK by 2050 if the Government does not take action.

Reacting to the report, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Rachel Kennerley said:

“Ministers must stop turning a blind eye to the deadly impacts of a warming planet.

“With climate change predicted to make severe weather events, like heatwaves, more frequent, the government must pull the plug on short-sighted policies that help send the mercury soaring and endanger lives.

“The government must end its addiction to fossil-fuelled developments, such as fracking, airport expansion and new roads. If they don’t the current deadly heatwave could become the new normal.”

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