UN envoy: 1.1 billion people face risks from lack of cooling

UNITED NATIONS — A U.N. envoy says new data from 52 countries in hot climates reveals that over 1.1 billion people face “significant risks” from lack of access to cooling, including death.

Rachel Kyte told a press conference Monday that “millions of people die every year from lack of cooling access, whether from food losses, damaged vaccines, or severe heat impact.”

The envoy promoting the U.N. goal of providing sustainable energy for all people by 2030 said nine of the biggest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin American facing major risks are Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan.

Kyte stressed that “‘cooling for all’” doesn’t mean “putting an air conditioner in every home.”

She said urgent efforts are needed to clarify cooling needs and develop and test new solutions.

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