People around the world are living with higher temperatures as the climate changes, and these effects are not limited to countries used to warmer climates.
For example, Northern European countries will require large-scale adaptation to heat resilience faster than other countries because buildings are mainly prepared to keep people warm during cold seasons. The Future of Cooling team’s research shows that Switzerland and the UK will see a 30% increase in uncomfortably hot temperatures, while Norway will see an increase of 28%.
The researchers stress that this is a conservative estimate and does not consider extreme events like heatwaves or urban heat island effects. Climate change is driving up the likelihood of heatwaves occurring, as well as increasing their duration and maximum temperatures.
In 2023 heatwaves have already driven record temperatures in Russia, China, Vietnam, Laos, Greece, Sardinia in Italy, and Las Vegas and Death Valley in the US.