Air conditioning has reduced mortality due to high temperatures in Spain by one-third, finds study

A study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health has found that air conditioning and heating systems have contributed largely to reducing mortality due to extreme temperatures in Spain. Although temperatures have increased over the years, there has been a significant decrease in heat and cold-related mortality. Air conditioning helps to decrease deaths due to extreme heat, accounting for nearly 28.6% of the decrease, while heating has contributed to a decrease in cold-related deaths. The study indicates that these adaptations are crucial in reducing the negative impact of climate change and informs the development of future adaptation strategies against extreme temperatures.

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