WHO highlights health impact of climate change in Copenhagen conference

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In a recent conference held in Copenhagen, World Health Organisation (WHO) discussed various adverse effects of global climate change affecting human health.

While driving this key message, WHO experts urged policy-makers to take cognizance of such detrimental effects of climate change and set priorities for action and investment to mitigate the impact. Based on research findings, WHO has identified three key health arguments for more stringent climate change measures: 1. Climate change has adverse consequences for health: as carbon goes up health goes down WHO and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) data identify risks to human health as a serious signal of the consequences of climatic disruption of this planet’s natural processes which we depend on for food, water, and physical safety. Health hazards from climate change are diverse, global and difficult to reverse over human time scales. They range from increased risks of extreme weather events, to effects on infectious disease dynamics and sea level rise leading to salinization of land and water sources. Based on WHO estimates around 150,000 deaths now occur in low-income countries each year due to climate change from four climate-sensitive health outcomes

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