News: Rising heat to cost 34 Mn jobs in India

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Rising heat to cost 34 Mn jobs in India

According to a report, heat stress will lead to a productivity loss of 2.2% of total working hours around the world.
Rising heat to cost 34 Mn jobs in India

The temperature around the world continues to surge, thanks to Global warming. However, with the rising temperature, it is not only the polar bears r farmers who will suffer but organizations around the world will suffer the massive loss.

According to a report by International Labor Organization, ‘Heat Stress’ , which refers to the increase in the body heat from working and environmental conditions (apart from the clothing worn) will lead to productivity loss of 2.2 percent of total working hours around the world. In a simpler term, 80 Mn full time jobs will get impacted by the year 2030.

The report highlights that India is among the list of countries that stand to lose the most in terms of productivity from heat stress.  Owing to its large population and dependence on agriculture and construction sector, India will experience a productivity loss of 5.8 percent of the total working hours. By 2030, heat stress will cost India 34 Mn jobs.

“Working on the Warmer Planet,” the report by ILO states that agriculture (60 percent hours lost) and construction sector (19 percent hours lost) will be the worst affected sectors owing to their physical nature of work. The study reported, heat stress could prompt rural migration and inequalities in work conditions.

Deep diving the study, it was found  that South and West Asia are the most affected regions of heat stress. By the end of the century, heat stress in these two regions will lead to the loss of 5.3 percent and 4.8 percent of working hours by 2030. The European region is expected to experience a smaller impact, with their productivity losses projected to be less than 0.1 percent.

Economic losses due to heat stress globally were estimated to be at US$ 280 Bn in 1995 which is projected to increase to US$ 2,400 Bn in 2030, with the highest impact in lower-middle and low-income countries.

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