Health and Climate Change. Launched in London, Nov 25, 2009. Climate change already affects human health, and, if no action is taken, problems such as malnutrition, deaths and injury due to extreme weather conditions, and change in geographical distribution of disease vectors will worsen. This Series is the result of an international collaboration of scientists supported by a consortium of funding bodies coordinated by the Wellcome Trust, UK. The Comments and Articles make a strong case for linking climate and health goals, and provide a quantitative underpinning for this important health message.
Series Comments The climate dividend Richard Horton “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” So concluded a Lancet —UCL Commission earlier this year. 1 A systematic appraisal of available evidence showed that the risks from changing patterns of disease, food insecurity, unsafe water and sanitation, damage to human settlements, extreme events, and population growth and migration were far more severe for human health than most observers had understood. The message added an important new dimension to the political debate … Full Text|PDF Cutting carbon, improving health Margaret Chan Events such as the financial crisis and climate change are not quirks of the marketplace or quirks of nature. Instead they are markers of massive failure in international systems that govern the way nations and their populations interact. The contagion of our mistakes shows no mercy and makes no exceptions on the basis of fair play. For example, countries that have contributed least to greenhouse-gas emissions will be the first and hardest hit by climate change. Full Text|PDF
Health professionals must act to tackle climate change
Mike Gill, Robin Stott
Climate change already affects human health, creating problems that will increase if no action is taken. The most vulnerable are the world’s poorest people, who already face poor health and premature death, and are least responsible for greenhouse-gas emissions.
The only heartening aspect of this bleak terrain is the gathering awareness that many of the measures needed to make the necessary reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions are those needed to protect and improve global health.Overall, w …
Aligning climate change and public health policies
Andy Haines, Paul Wilkinson, Cathryn Tonne, Ian Roberts
On Dec 7—18, 2009, representatives from 192 countries will meet in Copenhagen to formulate a climate agreement for 2012 onwards. This conference (called COP15) represents the most important opportunity in decades to achieve international agreement on how to cut emissions of greenhouse gases deeply enough to reduce the likelihood of dangerous climate change.
The case for major reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions is well established. The case is based on the recognition of the multiple adverse ..
Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: urban land transport
James Woodcock, Phil Edwards, Cathryn Tonne, Ben G Armstrong, Olu Ashiru, David Banister, Sean Beevers, Zaid Chalabi, Zohir Chowdhury, Aaron Cohen, Oscar H Franco, Andy Haines, Robin Hickman, Graeme Lindsay, Ishaan Mittal, Dinesh Mohan, Geetam Tiwari, Alistair Woodward, Ian Roberts
Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: health implications of short-lived greenhouse pollutants
Kirk R Smith, Michael Jerrett, H Ross Anderson, Richard T Burnett, Vicki Stone, Richard Derwent, Richard W Atkinson, Aaron Cohen, Seth B Shonkoff, Daniel Krewski, C Arden Pope III, Michael J Thun, George Thurston
Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: overview and implications for policy makers
Andy Haines, Anthony J McMichael, Kirk R Smith, Ian Roberts, James Woodcock, Anil Markandya, Ben G Armstrong, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Alan D Dangour, Michael Davies, Nigel Bruce, Cathryn Tonne, Mark Barrett, Paul Wilkinson