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Europe’s record heatwave in 2022 caused many health harms, report finds

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 20 April 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p905
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Last year’s unprecedented heatwaves in Europe caused substantial harm to human health and once again highlight the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis, an EU report1 has found.

The report from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said Europe saw its hottest summer on record last year, with temperatures causing many premature deaths. Overall, 2022 was the second hottest year on record in Europe, with temperatures rising at twice the global average, and faster than in any other continent. C3S is an information service on climate change provided by the EU to support adaptation and mitigation policies.

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