Climate change poses great risks to global human health, but putting measures in place that can help mitigate the effects of climate threats can provide opportunities to improve the health of people around the world, according to a new report from the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change (Watts N et al. Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60854-6 [published online June 24, 2015]).
The commission consists of a multidisciplinary, international group of scientists and health professionals who carried out a comprehensive review of the influence of climate change on human health. The environmental consequences of climate change include an increase in extreme weather events such as floods, heat waves, droughts, and storms. These events can affect human health by increasing the risk of infectious diseases, undermining food availability, reducing social stability, and increasing conflict.
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