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Study highlights negative impacts of climate change on the health of millions worldwide

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13 November 2017

Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health

Author: The Lancet

The Lancet Countdown tracks progress on health and climate change and provides an independent assessment of the health effects of climate change, the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the health implications of these actions. It follows on from the work of the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, which concluded that anthropogenic climate change threatens to undermine the past 50 years of gains in public health, and conversely, that a comprehensive response to climate change could be “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.

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13 November 2017

Study: Climate change is damaging the health of millions of people

Author: Patricia Espinosa & Richard Horton, Time

report published this week by The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, provides an annual “check up” of how climate change is impacting public health, and how countries’ actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are reducing health risks. The research found that climate change is already damaging the health of millions worldwide...The deaths caused by unnatural disasters...are obvious, and the threat of extreme heat waves...to public health is clear. But there are many other climate impacts that are every bit as sinister, and potentially lethal...

Tragically, these burdens are being — and will be — borne mostly by children, the elderly and low-income vulnerable populations that have done little to cause climate change and have benefited the least from the burning of fossil fuels... These longer term and immediate health factors [of climate change] are why the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change called a comprehensive response to climate change “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century."

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