Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change (28 Nov 2018, The Lancet)

An especially worrisome report from Britain’s premier medical journal, warning that public health gains of past decades are being reversed and offset by climate change.  Prepared  by 150 experts from 24 academic institutions and UN agencies, who tracked 41 indicators across five domains:

  1. climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability
  2. adaptation, planning, and resilience for health
  3.  mitigation actions and health co-benefits
  4. financial aid economics
  5. public and political support

It concludes that extreme heat, drought, and floods will continue, leading to more infectious diseases, lost labor, and diminished crop yields, and advocates a “global transformation for public health.”

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