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Impacts of summer 2003 heat wave in Europe


Duration: January 2003 - on-going

The second issue covers the human, environmental and economic impacts of the extreme drought and heat wave that hit Europe in the summer of 2003, that had adverse effects such as the death of thousands of vulnerable people, the destruction of large areas of forests by fire, and effects on water ecosystems and glaciers. For example, Alpine glaciers lost 10% of their mass in just one summer, and the total economic losses in Europe are estimated to exceed 13 billion Euros. This Early Warning brief concludes that the heat wave that hit Europe in the summer of 2003 could be seen as one more warning of impacts from a warmer climate on populations and ecosystems.

Data credit(s): Andrea De Bono (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Gregory Giuliani (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Stephane Kluser (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Pascal Peduzzi (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva)

GRID unit: Global Change and Vulnerability

UNEP region: Europe

UNEP priorities:  Climate Change, Disasters and Conflicts

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