Leading health scientists are now characterising climate change as the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century, threatening all aspects of the society in which we live
The severity of the impacts of climate change on human health are clearer than ever before and will worsen if significant action is not taken to tackle climate change now. Indeed, climate change threatens to undermine over a half-century’s worth of global improvements in health, achieved through dedicated and targeted action by policymakers and health professionals around the world.
The most recent scientific evidence on climate change presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Korea on 8 October 2018 urgently calls for much more ambitious reductions in CO2 emissions to avoid unprecedented irreversible damage to our climate. Current global commitments put us on track to double carbon emissions by 2030 and predict well above 3°C of warming relative to pre-industrial levels by 2050.
As the world moves closer to a 1.5 °C temperature increase relative to pre-industrial levels, the health impacts are mounting from increasingly severe storms, floods, droughts and fires; from the migration of vector-borne diseases; and from the growing migration of millions of climate refugees.
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