The Climate Crisis Is Also a Global Health Crisis

A delegate wears a face mask at the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 31, 2021 (AP photo by Alastair Grant).
A delegate wears a face mask at the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 31, 2021 (AP photo by Alastair Grant).
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Climate change is bad for your health. That is the unequivocal finding of The Lancet’s annual “Countdown” report, which was published last week by a team of nearly 100 scientists from 43 institutions around the world. Global warming, the authors write, is not just an environmental disaster, but is also exposing humans to searing heat and extreme weather events; increasing the transmission of infectious diseases; exacerbating food, water and financial insecurity; endangering sustainable development; and worsening global inequality. And, they conclude, the data in this year’s report should represent a “code red for a healthy future.” For the past two years, […]

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