The Climate Council has released a report where it revealed that Australia is not ready to deal with the extreme “killer” heat expected to strike the nation.
The researchers, however, stated that a “whole society approach” is needed to aid the nation in coping with the heat this year. According to the forecast provided by the council, in the future, the heat waves will be even longer, more intense and hotter than 2009, when over 370 deaths were recorded that time because of heat stroke.
According to “The Silent Killer: Climate Change and Impact of Extreme Heat” report, the number of extremely hot days in Australia has doubled in the past 50 years. Other natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, bushfires, cyclones, severe storms, etc. has not caused as many deaths as compared to those caused by heat strokes since 1890. This has also been confirmed in the PwC report “Protecting Human Health and Safety During Severe and Extreme Heat Events.”
PwC’s report proposed a setting up a national framework to cope with the extreme heat events. The framework would consider the goals that have already been achieved in this respect by enabling collaboration between governments and community organisations. The main focus of the framework will be to protect those who are most likely to get affected by the extreme heat waves.
The Climate Council’s report has stated that the heat waves have advocated for huge demands of increasing public facilities like hospitals, etc. In 2009, when the heat waves reached its utmost limits, the demand for increase in emergency services hiked up to 46 percent. At that time, the cardiac problems of patients seemed to triple. “Our argument is no one should die from heat in Australia,” council report’s author Liz Hanna said as quoted by the ABC. “We know it’s hot, we know when it’s coming, we know quite a lot about what’s needed. What we need to do is just make this happen.”
On the other hand, Big 4 reported PwC Principal Roger Beale claims that the number of deaths caused by heat waves will possibly increase by 2050 “if we don’t change the way these events are handled as the population grows and ages.”