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A new heatwave guide for cities warns, “heatwaves are one of the deadliest natural hazards facing humanity, and the threat they pose will only become more serious and more widespread as the climate crisis continues.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

16 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of the Red Cross:
“Heatwaves are one of the deadliest natural hazards facing humanity, and the threat they pose will only become more serious and more widespread as the climate crisis continues. Heatwaves appear when temperature or temperature in combination with other factors are unusually high and hazardous to human health and wellbeing pose a serious threat in a growing number of countries.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of the Red Cross:
“At a global level, 157 million more people will expose to heatwaves even in 2017 in compare with 2000, and this is according to the launching report.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of the Red Cross:
“Globally almost five billion people live in regions prompt to heatwaves. The people are at greatest risk of negative health impact comes in mortality tend to be elderly people, very young children, pregnant women and those with pre-existing medical conditions, and people working outside. In addition, high fatality can be common among people who live alone or socially isolated.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room

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A new heatwave guide for cities warns, “heatwaves are one of the deadliest natural hazards facing humanity, and the threat they pose will only become more serious and more widespread as the climate crisis continues.”

The new Heatwave Guide for Cities from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre offers urban planners and city authorities an authoritative summary of the actions they can take to reduce the danger of heatwaves.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (16 Jul), the President of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Francesco Rocca said, “heatwaves appear when temperature or temperature in combination with other factors are unusually high and hazardous to human health and wellbeing pose a serious threat in a growing number of countries.”

Rocca also said, “at a global level, 157 million more people will expose to heatwaves even in 2017 in compare with 2000.”

According to IFRC, seventeen of the 18 warmest years in the global temperature record have occurred since 2001. Several serious heatwaves have killed tens of thousands of people worldwide during this period, including the 2015 heatwave in India that killed around 2,500 people, and the 2003 heatwave across Europe that lead to more than 70,000 deaths.

Rocca said, “globally almost five billion people live in regions prompt to heatwaves. The people are at greatest risk of negative health impact comes in mortality tend to be elderly people, very young children, pregnant women and those with pre-existing medical conditions, and people working outside. In addition, high fatality can be common among people who live alone or socially isolated.”

The guide recommends several actions that cities can take, which include establishing systems to warn people ahead of anticipated periods of extreme heat; strengthening health-systems to reduce the risk of them being overwhelmed during a heat crisis; conducting community-awareness campaigns; establishing cooling centres and telephone helplines for vulnerable people in need of help, treatment and support; greening cities and urban centres, for example, by planting trees, protecting green spaces, and introducing car-free zones.
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