As temperatures rise we predict increasing morbidity and mortality, particularly in the climate-vulnerable parts of northern Australia
Last summer was bad for our health. We breathed hazardous air, watched our rivers dry up, lived in towns without water, suffered through scorching heat with record-breaking temperatures, and many people survived intense experience of fire.
Yet our death records for 2020 won’t record this. Death certificates will reflect the heart attacks or lung failure, the injuries and the organ failure that occur at the end of life. They do not record the environmental factors that contribute to these fatal events.
Dr Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist and human futures fellow within the ANU college of health and medicine