Climate change is already having an impact on health around the world, impacting on labour productivity, the spread of infectious disease and exposure to air pollution and heatwaves, and affecting countries worldwide, according to the first report of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.
The report is an annual, comprehensive analysis of progress across 40 indicators on climate change and health. Four of the report’s authors will be at the SMC to talk about who is the most vulnerable, which aspects of climate change have the biggest impact, and what to do about it.
A roundup accompanied this briefing.
Prof. Hugh Montgomery, Co-Chair of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and Director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance, UCL
Prof. Georgina Mace, Head of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, UCL
Prof. Paul Wilkinson, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Toby Hillman, Clinical Lead for Sustainability, Royal College of Physicians
Prof. Peter Cox, Professor of Climate System Dynamics, University of Exeter