The sustained good health of any population depends on reliable access to basic resources, such as food, water, shelter and energy. Climate is one of the main factors that influence these foundations. The human species is also increasingly exposed to climate change and we likewise face significant risks to our wellbeing, health and survival. Our technologies, knowledge and culture can provide some protection, but only up to a limit. Beyond that the risks to health will rise—this includes direct physical risks, for example from extreme weather events and heatwaves, and many other less-direct risks, for example from increases in some infectious diseases and reduced access to fresh water.
Read the Climate Commissions report: The Critical Decade- Climate change and health
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