The health benefits of stopping climate change

The Earthbound Report

One of the aspects of climate change that is least discussed is its effects on human health. We still have it pegged as an environmental issue in the media, and talk about ‘saving the earth’. There are of course quite wide-ranging health implications to climate change, from moving disease vectors to heatwaves, to increased risks from natural disasters and food insecurity.

When we do read about climate change and health, those are the sorts of things we’re usually presented with. But this week the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change published its most recent report. Yes, it has all the dire warnings – the rise of 4 degrees that represents business as usual could reverse all the health gains of economic development in poorer countries, it warns. But it also makes a point I’d not heard before: “Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of…

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