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Heatwave may kill thousands by 2017

Great Britain
Bleak outlook for the UK
There is a 25% chance that a severe heatwave will strike England and kill more than 6000 people before 2017 if no action is taken to deal with the health effects of climate change. More than 3000 people could die in an intense summer hot spell in southeast England, with just as many more dying from heat related deaths over the summer. Until 2012, when London stages the summer Olympic Games, the odds of thousands dying in summer heat each year will be one in 40, and thousands more could die each year as a result of other effects of global warming and air pollution.
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