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Did you know that climate change is bad for your health?

Megan Rowling argues on the pages of Alertnet, that climate change is not only causing rising temperatures and more extreme weather, but serious impacts on human health as well.

A 2009 report from the now-defunct Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF) calculated that climate change already kills about 315,000 people a year through hunger, sickness and weather disasters, and the annual death toll is expected to rise to half a million by 2030 - but its methodology was widely questioned.

The good news is that a wide group of experts is now working on updating the WHO figures on climate-related health burdens, and is hoping to have the new numbers, examining an expanded range of impacts, ready in time for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June.

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  • Themes:Climate Change, Health & Health Facilities, Social Impacts & Resilience

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/26209

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