Global warming, caused by climate change, has led to more frequent and longer heat events in many regions throughout the world including Germany. Heat can have adverse effects on human health and heat waves can pose a problem for the health sector. Aside from climate action measures, undertaking joint efforts to prevent the impacts of heat on the population can help counteract this.
A detailed survey was conducted by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in 2014 regarding adaptation to the health impacts of climate change as a task for environmentrelated health protection. The survey revealed that clear action requirements or concrete adaptation measures are too seldom set out or taken in preparation for heat events.