Climatic Change Risks Undoing Health Gains of Past 50 years

Climate change poses such a threat to public health it risks undoing the gains of the past 50 years, a major study has found.

The Lancet Commission on climate change and health found the threat had been underestimated, but that tackling it could be a huge opportunity to improve global health.

“The effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health,” said the report published in British medical journal The Lancet.

“The direct effects of climate change include increased heat stress, floods, drought, and increased frequency of intense storms, with the indirect threatening population health through adverse changes in air pollution, the spread of disease, food insecurity and under-nutrition, displacement, and mental ill health.”