Heat related mortality also in Sweden

The first Swedish study of temperature, heatwaves and mortality is published in Läkartidningen in July. Rocklöv and Forsberg observed quite substantial effects of temperature on mortality in Stockholm. During summer the general temperature effect was estimated to be approximately 1% increase in all cause mortality per °C increase in mean temperature. "Heatwaves" results in an even stronger effect. Global warming means that adaptation measures are needed also in Sweden, for example information to health care personell and air condition in hospitals and nursing homes. Potential health impacts and adaptation needs are studied in the national research program CLIMATOOLS.

Page Editor: Bertil Forsberg

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