Impact of climate change will affect global work productivity, as per an International Labour Organization (ILO) report.
Due to climate change, there will be a productivity loss of 2.2 percent of total working hours around the world by 2030.
- The productivity loss will be approximately 80 million full-time jobs whereas 34 million of which will be in India.
- The agricultural and the construction sector in India are majorly impacted due to heat stress.
- The heat stress will affect all outdoor workers who are engaged in agriculture and on construction sites.
- Heat stress is defined as generally occurring at above 35 degrees Celsius, in places where there is high humidity.
- Excess heat at work is an occupational health risk and in extreme cases can lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal.
Temperatures exceeding 39C can kill. But even where there are no fatalities, such temperatures can leave many people unable to work or able to work only at a reduced rate.
Heat stress could prompt increased rural migration and inequalities in work conditions, with agricultural workers leaving rural areas in search of better prospects in the cities or in other countries.
Ahmedabad is all set to beat this heat stress
AMC is covering the rooftops of many houses under the cool roof program which has brought down the maximum temperature inside the houses by 2-3 degree Celsius.
Many NGOs have joined hands with AMC and started distributing thermocol sheets which can absorb direct heat. Lime coating on rooftops is another exercise to protect people from the heat.