Climate change & health
The greatest single threat to human health is climate change.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global temperature increases should be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C in order to prevent catastrophic health effects and the millions of fatalities caused by climate change. The global temperature will inevitably rise to a certain point as a result of past emissions, along with other climate changes. Even 1.5°C of global warming is not regarded as safe, and an extra tenth of a degree of warming will have detrimental effects on human life and health.
Dangers to health associated to climate
Health is already being negatively impacted by climate change in a number of ways, including an increase in zoonotic diseases, foodborne illnesses, waterborne illnesses, vector-borne diseases, and mental health disorders, as well as an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events like heat waves, storms, and flooding. In addition, climate change threatens a variety of socioeconomic factors that influence health, including livelihoods, inequalities, access to care, and social support networks. The most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, such as women, children, ethnic minorities, poor communities, migrants or displaced people, elderly people, and people with co-morbidities, are disproportionately affected by these climate-related health concerns.