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Context: Recent report by Climate Trends has flagged that People living in and near the coastal areas in India may be compelled to stay indoors during working hours for more than half of 2100.
The report pointed out that a temperature increase of 4.3 degrees Celsius by 2100 relative to pre-industrial temperatures may happen under RCP (representative concentration pathway) 8.5 scenario.
Climate trends said that “Even fit and acclimatised people can’t work at a wet bulb temperature of 32°C; at 35°C, even fit and acclimatised people sitting in the shade die within six hours. Climate change is making these wet bulb temperatures more likely.”
Heat and humid hotspots to suffer most
Heat humidity combination may affect health, productivity
There are five physiological mechanisms, according to the report, which are triggered by heat exposure:
These mechanisms affect seven vital organs: Brain, heart, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs and pancreas. “There are 27 lethal combinations of these mechanisms and organs that have been shown to be caused by heat".
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