Climate Change: Health Impacts and Opportunities

A Summary and Discussion of the IPCC Working Group 2 Report

by David McCoy and Nick Watts
Global Climate and Health Alliance, 2014

17 pp. 2.1 MB:
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In this briefing, health and medical organisations from around the world call on governments to respond to the major health risks described in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s March 2015 report: ‘Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation.’ The document summarises the IPCC report’s implications for health, now and in the future and argues that there is still time to turn what has been called “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century” into one of our biggest opportunities to improve health. It concludes that human health is profoundly threatened by the failure to tackle climate change.

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