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A recent study suggests that the material used to build homes, offices, shops, apartments and more in Israel is among the most vulnerable to global warming, and that the cost of keeping it clean could become prohibitive.
The study by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Environmental Studies, commissioned by Israel’s building trade association, the Israel Building Materials Association (ILMA), also noted that there are more than 200,000 workers worldwide who could be at risk from heat-related illnesses due to the harsh weather.
In Israel, where the heat wave has intensified in recent weeks, the report said that the average monthly heat-stress index among construction workers is at least 3.5, a number that has risen dramatically since the first heat wave hit Israel in September and October, when more than 1,500 were hospitalized and nearly 50 died.
The report, which was conducted over three months in 2015, looked at construction workers in Israel, the United States, the European Union, Japan and Canada.
It found that there were nearly 1.4 million workers in the United Kingdom, where heat waves are becoming more frequent, who were exposed to high temperatures due to heat stress.
The heat wave in the U.K. this summer has already claimed the lives of two people, with two more people dying of heat-induced respiratory diseases.
In the United Arab Emirates, there are concerns about heat stress as well, as heat stress can increase the risk of the death of a fetus.
Israel has not been spared the heat this summer, with more than 300,000 people forced to evacuate their homes in the past month, with a third of those evacuees staying at home for at least three days.
The ILMA said it is working with local authorities in Israel to ensure that workers are not at risk during the heatwave.