Feel the heat, Lancet report on climate change and health. This is a major piece of work and it is very scary! It covers everything from the spread of disease, for example dengue fever, to weather related disasters and the impact on crop suitability. read it and weep.
(With thanks to Carbon Brief for the summary.)
The health of millions of people across the world is already being significantly harmed by climate change, a major new report finds.
From driving up the number of people exposed to heatwaves to increasing the risk of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, climate change has had far-reaching effects on many aspects of human health in last few decades, the authors say.
In fact, the effect of climate change on human health is now so severe that it should be considered “the major threat of the 21st century”, scientists said at a press briefing held in London.
The report is the first from the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, a project involving 24 academic institutions and intergovernmental organisations from across the world. The project plans to release a report tracking progress on climate change and global health every year