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Australian health experts revealed that the real number of deaths due to the heat wave reaches 85 thousand people between 2006 and 2017. This number takes into account both the direct impact of high air temperatures and indirect. This was reported in an article published in the journal the Lancet.
According to official figures, over air temperature is responsible for only 0.1 percent of the 1.7 million deaths in Australia over the years 2006-2017. However, this figure underestimates the impact of abiotic factors. For example, heat and drought contribute to the emergence of forest fires, and there are people who have died not only from fire, but died because of air pollution by combustion products.
Scientists believe that the statistics should include, for example, deaths from asthma attacks caused by smoke from a forest fire. Considering these factors, the death rate from causes related to heat, in other regions will be comparable with Australian figures.
However, in tropical countries will be more difficult to keep records of deaths due to associated with global warming, natural disasters, since the real demographics of these regions little is known. As a result, to predict the situation will be difficult.
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