Climate Change and Health – Chapter 2 – Heatwaves

The film clip above is a section from the video you saw on the first page; watch this segment to remind you of the main issues related to this topic.


  1. How do heatwaves affect human health? Describe the processes or mechanisms whereby climate change contributes to heatwaves, and results in increased morbidity (illness) or mortality (death).
  2. What is the expected magnitude health effects due to heatwaves in Europe? Who is at greatest risk? Where? When? And why?


  1. Met Office. 2015. The heatwave of 2003. → Access here
  2. Le Tertre A, Lefranc A, Eilstein D, Declercq C, Medina S, Blanchard M, Chardon B, Fabre P, Filleul L, Jusot JF, Pascal L, Prouvost H, Cassadou S, Ledrans M. Impact of the 2003 heatwave on all-cause mortality in 9 French cities. Epidemiology. 2006. 17(1):75-9. → Access here