Friday, February 02, 2007 / In depth - Sydney heat deaths to soar by 2050 / In depth - Sydney heat deaths to soar by 2050
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Climate change and the soaring temperatures it is expected to bring to Sydney will cause a considerable rise in heat-related deaths among the elderly, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The report forecasts that maximum temperatures in the city would rise as much as 1.6C by 2030 and 4.8ºC by 2070. In comparison, average temperatures in Australia climbed just 0.9ºC between 1910 and 2004, according to the CSIRO. Expectation of 40 percent drop in rainfall and rise in bushfires.
Large cities needed to implement more efficient early warning mechanisms and emergency response systems to deal with the increasing probability of heatwaves and help protect vulnerable citizens, in particular the elderly.


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