The 2020 Lancet Countdown report suggests that climate change is already profoundly affecting the health and well-being of people around the world. And this year, the level of exposure has climbed to record levels.
If it seems to you that global warming has not yet arrived and we still have every chance of being saved, then, alas, we have bad news. Climate change has already severely affected human health
The Lancet Countdown project dates back to 2015. Scientists from around the world work with the medical journal The Lancet to assess the Earth’s climate every year and provide high-quality, evidence-based guidance for tackling climate change for policymakers and healthcare professionals.
This year, experts stressed that the consequences of climate change for humanity are the most worrisome of all that have ever been recorded. In their project, scientists identify only 16 indicators that affect human health. These include extreme heat waves, food and water shortages, infectious diseases associated with climate change, and more.
Scientists note that at the moment the marks of all 16 indicators are at a critical level. “Climate change is taking lives, damaging health and disrupting livelihoods in all parts of the world,” said Ian Hamilton, director of the Lancet Countdown. “This means all continents and communities are affected.”
Hamilton also emphasized that United Nations member countries tend to ignore public health issues when developing climate plans, so the report urged them to reconsider their approach.