Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Lives at risk from lack of climate policy

Lives at risk from lack of climate policy

"More people than ever are vulnerable to heat exposure globally, and numbers are rising, according to The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report by an global group of researchers, published Wednesday..."

IASA researchers have contributed to a major new report in The Lancet medical journal looking at the effects of climate change on human health, and the implications for society. The main problems faced include those as a result of air pollution and global warming.

India witnessed 40 million more heat wave exposure cases in 2016 compared to 2012. This is what we typically do with the regional and local GAINS model: "giving advice to policymakers on the most efficient approaches to tackle air pollution in their specific settings", says Kiesewetter.

Hotter weather led to the loss of 153 billion hours of labour in 2017, a 60 percent jump from 2000, as workers in construction, farming and other industries downed tools, often squeezing family income. This led to 1.1 billion hours of labour.

Following release of The Lancet report, the Global Climate and Health Alliance, an worldwide coalition of health and development organizations, called on world leaders to take the actions required to limit global warming to the targets set by the Paris climate change agreement, which President Trump withdrew from a year ago. As temperatures rise above physiological limits, sustained work becomes more hard affecting output. In high temperatures, outdoor work, especially in agriculture, is hazardous. The Countdown reports that suitability for the transmission of dengue fever from both of these mosquitoes has been increasing in step with recent warming, and is now nearly 10% higher than in the 1950s, with the report's authors sending a warning to health authorities in Brazil and Australia. "The two studies represent the most serious warnings to date that climate change is posing a series of interconnected health risks for the global population..." "Areas from Northern England and California, to Australia are seeing savage fires with direct deaths, displacement and loss of housing as well as respiratory impacts from smoke inhalation". "We see them coming at communities all at the same time", she said.

Authors of the report write, "Overall, we find that Australia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on health, and that policy inaction in this regard threatens Australian lives".

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The Kartarpur corridor , which India had proposed to Pakistan around 20 years ago, is expected to be completed within six months. Both sides are playing short term tactical games. "I don't think it has any enduring significance apart from being stand alone".

Renee Salas, director of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and the lead author of the report's USA chapter said that people with asthma attacks and heat stress are being treated more commonly than before.

The report says that except for Queensland, no other states or territories have a concrete policy to help protect health of the populations and help people to adjust and adapt to the changes in the climate.

"Climate change is a threat to our survival and is the public health challenge of our lifetime", Benjamin said.

Nick Watt, the executive director of the Lancet Countdown, in a statement said, "These are not things happening in 2050 but are things we are already seeing today".

Global warming is also helping insects to thrive, which can increase the number of insect-borne illnesses. Yield potential is estimated to be declining in every region as extremes of weather become more frequent and more extreme.

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