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Guest post: Health benefits of Paris climate goals could save millions of lives by 2040

By Dr Alice McGushin Photo: Marcos Alvarado / Alamy Stock Photo

On World Health Day in 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “protecting human health is the ‘bottom line’ of climate change strategies”.
The WHO went on to describe climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. This is because – through its effects on food securityheatwavesfloodsstormswildfiresinfectious diseasesair qualitymigrationconflict and mental health – climate change both exacerbates existing health threats and creates new ones.
 
 

02/17/21
                                                               

Healthy Planet, Healthy People. How Slowing Climate Change Saves Lives

By Aryn Baker Photo: Florian Gaertner/ Getty Images

Just because the United States has re-joined the Paris Agreement doesn’t mean that the world is on a path to a better climate future. The 2015 agreement, in which signatories pledged to collectively cap global warming at “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels, is only the first step. Member nations still have to adopt ambitious carbon emission reduction plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and with the current level of commitments the world is on track for a global temperature rise of more than 2.5°C.
 
 

02/09/21