According to a new report released on Thursday, extreme weather events such as heatwaves and floods have cost Europe nearly EUR 510 billion and have claimed the lives of around 142.000 people over the last 40 years.

In its study, the European Environment Agency (EEA) called for further adaptation measures, both individually and as part of the government system.

A small number of extreme events, around three% of the total, accounted for approximately 60% of the financial damages created between 1980 and 2020, according to the report.

In terms of life lost, 91% has been to heat waves, whose heatwave in the summer of 2003 cost some 80.000 lives.

Similar heatwaves after 2003 led to significantly reduced deaths as adaptation efforts were introduced in different countries and by different stakeholders, like the installation of air conditioners, the EEA indicated in a statement.

Worldwide, the World Meteorological Organisation estimates that there has been a steady increase in weather-related disasters over the last 50 years which have caused more damage but less deaths.

The evaluation also discovered that the overwhelming number of deaths-more than 85 percent over the 40-year period-have been caused by heatwaves.


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NOAA Weather Radio NWR; also known as NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is an automated 24-hour network of VHF FM weather radio stations in the United States that broadcast weather information directly (wikipedia)


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Extreme weather or extreme climate events includes unexpected, unusual, severe, or unseasonal weather; weather at the extremes of the historical distribution—the range that has been seen in the past. (wikipedia)

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