COP27: Climate Change threatening global health
8 November 2022
The Lancet Countdown report for 2022 led by UCL makes for hard but necessary reading on health and climate change ahead of COP27.
The report, which includes experts from organisations including the World Health Organisation, was led by University College London (UCL).
It describes how extreme weather has increased pressure on health services globally already grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. Heat-related deaths globally have increased by two thirds over the last two decades, it finds. Temperature records have been broken around the world in 2022, including in the UK where 40C was recorded in July, as well as parts of Europe, Pakistan and China. The health impacts of extreme heat include exacerbating conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease, and causing heat stroke and poor mental health. Read the full report here
While an ongoing dependence on fossil fuels has created new health issues and set the stage for more to come, the report identifies both some signs for optimism and potential paths forward to transition to a low-carbon future.
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