Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Climate change as century’s greatest threat to human health

Impact of climate change on human health became a subject of serious research. In 2009, prior to Copenhagen climate change conference, prestigious medical journal The Lancet published an article, which stated that “climate change is potentially the biggest global health threat in the 21st century”.

 The Lancet paper identifies six main health effects from climate change: (1) changing patterns of disease and morbidity, (2) food, (3) water and sanitation, (4) shelter and human settlements, (5) extreme events, and (6) population and migration. 
World Health Organization's study (2014) focuses on a quantitative assessment of the climate change impacts on human health.