15 August 2003

The Independent | 3,000 die during French heatwave:
There have been around 3,000 people heat-related deaths in France since abnormally high temperatures swept across the country two weeks ago, the health ministry said today.

Health Minister Jean-Francois Mattei acknowledged the blistering heat wave has caused a 'veritable epidemic' of death in France.

As reported here, the World Meteorological Organisation links the northern hemisphere heatwave to global warming. Why is environmental security so much less urgent than the War on Terror?

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