Hotter climate causing lower worker productivity – study
By Jee Y. Geronimo
Climate change is taking its toll on countries’ labor productivity, as a recent study revealed that in Southeast Asia alone, “as much as 15% to 20% of annual work hours may already be lost in heat-exposed jobs.”
This figure may double by 2030 as global warming continues, according to one of the 6 papers assembled by the United Nations (UN) University and launched on Tuesday, July 19.
“One feature of climate change is the increasing heat exposure in many workplaces where efficient cooling systems cannot be applied,” said author Tord Kjellstrom of the Health and Environment International Trust in New Zealand….