Rising heat stress could cost 80 mln jobs by 2030 - UN

(Eco Business, 2 Jul 2019) Global warming of 1.5C could lead to a 2.2 per cent drop in working hours—and cost the global economy $2.4 trillion, the UN says.

Rising heat due to climate change could lead to the loss of 80 million jobs by 2030, with poor countries worst hit, the United Nations said on Monday, as Europe sweltered in record temperatures.

A temperature rise of 1.5C by the end of century could lead to a 2.2 per cent drop in working hours—equal to 80 million full-time jobs—costing the global economy $2.4 trillion, according to projections by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO).

The ILO said people would be unable to work due to the health risks posed by higher temperatures.

“The impact of heat stress on labour productivity is a serious consequence of climate change, which adds to other adverse impacts such as changing rain patterns, raising sea levels and loss of biodiversity,” said ILO’s Catherine Saget.

The World Health Organization has said heat stress linked to climate change is likely to cause 38,000 extra deaths a year worldwide between 2030 and 2050.

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