Rising Heat May Destroy Millions of Jobs by 2030

A recent UN report has claimed that the rising heat may destroy up to 80 million jobs by 2030. Countries in South East Asia and West Africa are in grave danger, the report mentioned.

In the report, released on Monday, the UN labor experts said that the productivity and economic sectors such as agriculture and construction on a global level are highly likely to be substantially impacted by a rise in heat stress at these workplaces due to their links with climate change.

The International Labour Organization (ILO), a UN agency, pointed towards the countries with lower income levels as well as development scale to be most impacted by the changes –particularly in West Africa and South-East Asia.

The report expected a rise in global temperature by 1.5 percent by the end of 2030 leading to a 2.2 percent drop in working hours. The cost was calculated to be equal to 80 million full-time jobs and could cost $2.4 trillion to the global economy.

It is not that the low-income people would opt not to work in challenging weather; they would be forced by the health risks posed by higher temperatures, ILO said.

“The impact of heat stress on labor productivity is a serious consequence of climate change, which adds to other adverse impacts such as changing rain patterns, rising sea levels and loss of biodiversity,” said ILO’s Catherine Saget.

A World Health Organization (WHO) report supports the claim which suggests that the heat stress caused by climate change may cause 38,000 extra deaths every year in the world between 2030 and 2050