Sumary of Governments must undertake emergency action to rapid reduction of global emissions:
- Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases.
- The health risks of increases over 1.5°C are well established.
- Recently, health journals across the world simultaneously published an editorial calling for world leaders to take emergency action to limit climate change, restore biodiversity, and protect health.
- More dehydration and renal function loss have been linked to higher cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality.
- To achieve these targets, governments must intervene to support the redesign of transport systems, cities, production and distribution of food, markets for financial investments, health systems, and much more.
- But such investments will produce huge positive health and economic outcomes.
- These include high quality jobs, reduced air pollution, increased physical activity, and improved housing and diet.
- Better air quality alone would realise health benefits that easily offset the global costs of emissions reductions.