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Lancet study details growing health impacts of climate

November/ December 2021 | Volume 20 Number 6

A woman walks through a flooded street.Photo by Dr. Karen Levy

Every region of the world is affected by climate change and its health impacts are getting worse, according to the 2021 annual report from the Lancet Countdown, an international collaboration that independently monitors the health consequences of a changing climate. “We are seeing more frequent and more intense extremes of heat harming people’s health in rich and poor countries,” the study said. Nearly three-quarters of countries saw an increase in human exposure to wildfires, according to the report, and the environmental suitability for transmission of diseases like dengue, malaria and cholera is increasing around the world. In all, the publication examined 44 indicators, which it concluded “expose an unabated rise in the health impacts of climate change…providing a clear imperative for accelerated action that puts the health of people and planet above all else.”

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