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Global warming will increase heat-related death and disease

Global warming will increase heat-related death and disease”

This increase in risks is true for nearly all countries around the world.

"The attribution shows that unfortunately an approach targeting a single sector or fuel won't solve the problem - air pollution is a multi-faceted issue that needs integrated strategies cutting across many sectors, which will differ from country to country".

The experts have looked in details at the progress the country has made in terms of taking action against climate change.

The report revealed that among the biggest threats is heat stress. "The two studies represent the most serious warnings to date that climate change is posing a series of interconnected health risks for the global population..."

Authors of the report write, "Overall, we find that Australia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on health, and that policy inaction in this regard threatens Australian lives". Switching to green energy is one of them. Improvement of air quality and improving transport systems that are suitable and protective of the environment are need of the day, the researchers add.

These are some of the findings of the 2018 report of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.

The report goes on explain that warmer climates are also responsible for spread of microbes and infections leading to outbreaks and epidemics.

In light of last week's government report, the American Public Health Association said the assessment was "a grave reminder" that action is needed to protect public health from climate change.

It follows a major climate report issued over the Thanksgiving Day weekend that detailed climate and economic impacts in the USA if drastic action is not taken to address climate change.

A report states that there is a significant impact of climate change in European nations as well.

From 2010 to 2016, air pollution worsened in 70 per cent of cities around the globe, with coal use accounting for approximately 16 per cent of premature mortality related to ambient fine particulate matter.

Hotter weather led to the loss of 153 billion hours of labour in 2017, a 60 percent jump from 2000, as workers in construction, farming and other industries downed tools, often squeezing family income.

"The findings are clear and the stakes could not be higher", said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization director-general. This is what we typically do with the regional and local GAINS model: "giving advice to policymakers on the most efficient approaches to tackle air pollution in their specific settings", says Kiesewetter. Only 55% of African countries meet International Health Regulation core requirements for preparedness for a multi-hazard public health emergency.

"These are not things happening in 2050 but are things we are already seeing today", he stated.

"I think this is an area we need to focus on", one of the report's co-authors Associate Professor Paul Beggs, from Macquarie University, told AAP.

This will reduce both emissions and healthcare costs.

Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, for instance, appear more vulnerable than Africa and Southeast Asia, it said.

Last year, more than 157 million at-risk people were exposed to heat waves worldwide.

Prof Hilary Graham, of the University of York from the team of researchers said, "Health is what people feel".

The stories from America are similar.

On average, each person was exposed to an additional 1.4 days of heat waves between 2000 and 2017, compared with 1986 to 2005, according to the report. China alone lost 21bn hours, the equivalent of a year's work for 1.4% of their working population.

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