The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: 2018 report

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: 2018 report



health professionals around the world are increasingly responding to the growing medical challenge posed by climate change which threatens to undermine the last 50 years of gains in public health The Lancet countdown tracking progress on health and climate change places a finger on the pulse of this vital issue documenting the response to climate change and demonstrating what action or the failure to act means for our health the 2018 publication tracks 41 indicators across five key domains and health and climate change continuously strengthening its methods data and analysis the environmental systems that our good health depends on are being eroded this year's report highlights concerning trends and heat and heat waves infectious disease and declining food security as climate change continues unabated 51 percent of global cities expected to seriously compromised their public health infrastructure despite this the world continues to stall with limited progress made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to build adaptive capacity even though we've seen rapid arrays of deployments in wind and solar power driven by cost reduction our global energy system produces a similar amount of co2 per unit of energy as it did in 1990 coal a major source of these emissions is responsible for over four hundred and sixty thousand premature deaths from fine particulate air pollution each year but there is still time for effective intervention and the beginnings of a transition can be found across the world with the rise of non polluting cars the construction of more livable cities and cleaner sources of power and with a growing response from professionals in whichever direction we head from here whether we seize these opportunities for Public Health or allow our health systems to be overwhelmed by new and growing threats it is clear that the nature and scale of the response to climate change will be the determining factor in shaping the health of nations for centuries to come visit the Landsat count-outs website for its report on the state of health and climate change across the world in 2018

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