Climate ‘biggest health threat’

Climate change is “the biggest global health threat of the 21st Century”, according to a leading medical journal.

The Lancet, together with University College London researchers, has published a report outlining how public health services will need to adapt.

It also highlights the consequences of climate-related mass migrations.

The authors aim to add their voice to the call for carbon mitigation and will focus on making clear the ways in which climate change will affect health.

University College London (UCL) climatologist Mark Maslin called it “the Stern report for medics”, referring to the 2006 review that outlined the future impacts of the climate change situation in economic terms and advocated comprehensive, early-stage action to address it.

“The medical profession has to wake up if we’re going to save billions of lives. This is why it’s in the Lancet – it is the only way to do this is working with medics and other professionals to get that message across,” Professor Maslin said.

“Being a climatologist and jumping up and down pulling my hair out and saying ‘we’re all going to die in a horrible way’ does not work.”


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