Health and climate change: 'Billions of people are at risk'

Whether it’s risks to sources of food and nutrition, more heat-related deaths, increased spread of infection or negative impacts on mental health, climate change is set to have a huge role to play in the future of human health.

Earlier this year, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) released a report named Health in the Climate Emergency: A global perspective. Made up of a network of the world’s science academies from across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, the IAP’s new release is one of the most extensive investigations of climate change and health. 

The scientist note that: “Climate change is having a range of impacts on health today that will become more severe unless urgent action is taken. Vulnerable populations will see their health increasingly undermined by both direct impacts, such as from extreme heat, and indirect ones, e.g. from less food and nutrition security.”

The 141 page report covers all of the bases when it comes to protecting human health against the detrimental effects of climate change. But, we know you don’t have time to trawl through the whole document, so we have condensed everything you need to know in this five step article. 

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