Over the coming decades UK businesses will have to adapt to climatic changes that would in turn cause impact on health ranging from increased mortality rates, a result of summer heat waves to lost productivity resulting from longer hay-fever season. This report came out as a conclusion from the UK's Health Protection Agency. The reports warns that while rising temperatures this decade will lead to a modest reduction in deaths related to cold weather, any gains will be more than offset by a huge increase in heat-related deaths during the second half of the century.
While annual heat-related deaths rises from just under 2,000 premature deaths a year currently to more than 12,500 in the 2080s. In contrast, cold-related deaths are expected to fall by about 5,000 a year from about 41,400 currently to 36,500 in the 2080s. as a result of increased ozone pollution in city centres, resulting from higher summer temperatures a further increase in premature deaths and hospital admissions is also predicted. Equally worrying are projections that changing climatic patterns could leave the UK vulnerable to new disease vectors if, as some scientists expect, mosquitos establish themselves more widely in the UK. Moreover, the report indicates that businesses could face significant disruption as a result of climate-related health impacts, warning that "climate change may exacerbate health risks associated with building overheating, indoor air pollution, flood damage and water and biological contamination of buildings".
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