Heat stress exacerbates social inequalities, report shows

Euractiv | Jul 19, 2022 at 9:55 AM
  • European countries have so far not adequately addressed the impact of rising global temperatures on the health and well-being of the working population, a study by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) reveals.
  • Across the globe, lower income populations face a 40% higher exposure to heatwaves than wealthier people due to their location and lack of access to heat adaptations like air conditioning.
  • And the poorest 25% of the world’s population will be exposed to heat waves at a rate equivalent to the rest of the population combined.