Health profession backs Climate Commission health findings
Australian health professionals, public health bodies and research scientists have released a joint statement on climate change and health in support of the Climate Commission report, The Critical Decade: Climate Change and Health.
?Health professionals and public health bodies hold serious concerns regarding hte impact of climate change upon the public’s health. Further, they are deeply concerned that few Australians are aware of the risks of climate change for their health or the health of their family and community.
Principal health concerns include injuries and fatalities related to severe weather events and heat waves; spread of infectious diseases; water, and food contamination; increased allergic symptoms; respiratory and cardiovascular disease related to worsening air pollution; deteriorating mental health from those experiencing the physical impacts; and population displacement. Climate change will put increasing pressure on already overburdened health services and infrastructure.
The health profession recognises that with decisive national and international action to control greenhouse gas emissions we can reduce the extent and severity of the harm Australians will suffer. There are also many health gains possible from strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Find out more:
- Read the full report The Critical Decade: Climate Change and Health.
- Download the Joint Statement: Australian Health Bodies, Health Professionals and Research Scientists.
- Read the media release and other supporting statements.
- Follow the Climate Commission on twitter.
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