Findings on health and climate change

September 8, 2015

A new report launched by the Lancet Commission says that climate change could represent “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”. The publication details the connection between climate change and health and offers further recommendations. 

 

The Lancet multidisciplinary commission on Health and Climate Change was formed to put together a set of policies that would help governments to deal with climate change and reach higher standards of health.

 

One foundation of the recently launched report is that climate change has many direct and indirect effects on health.

 

Also, the report presents five main findings and offers ten recommendations for governments and policy makers. The five main findings of the report are:

 

  • The effects of climate change represent catastrophic risk to human health.

  • Climate change represents an opportunity to improve health conditions for worldwide population.

  • Achieving a decarbonized global economy and securing public health benefits is now technologically and economically possible. The decision lies with the political forces.

  • The health community could have a big impact on accelerating progress to tackle climate change by communicating the risks and promoting climate change policies.

  • The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change will develop an independent countdown to 2030: Global Health and Climate Action to monitor progress and provide the necessary support.

 

The report emphasizes that an overall strong collaboration between different types of stakeholders is key in coming up with adaptation strategies to climate change. The policies recommended above should be implemented with an international and multidisciplinary approach. To read more about the findings and recommendations, the report can be found at this link.

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