New report highlights the risk to human health from climate change
AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, co-launched the report with President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Andrew Holmes, at Parliament House in Canberra last week. The report brings together high level research across science, social science, and technology to provide a comprehensive overview that fills the knowledge gap on the impacts of climate change on human health.
The health effects of climate change include increased heat-related illness and deaths, increased food and water borne diseases, and changing patterns of diseases. In addition to their impact on health infrastructure and services, extreme events such as droughts, flooding, and storms could be responsible for death and disease. “The AMA commends the Academy of Science for producing this Report,” A/Prof Owler said.