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Guest post: Calculating the carbon footprint of the NHS in England

In 2017, the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change warned that the impact of climate change on human health is now so severe that it should b... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 18. 2021.
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Guest post: Health benefits of Paris climate goals could save millions of lives by 2040

On World Health Day in 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “protecting human health is the ‘bottom line’ of climate change ... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 17. 2021.

Climate change has ‘worsened’ North America’s pollen season

The pollen season in North America is starting earlier and lasting longer than it did four decades ago, a new study says. The research, published ... Read More

Public health | Feb 8. 2021.
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Scientists sceptical of new bat study linking climate change to Covid-19 emergence

A new study suggests that climate change is enabling the evolution of new coronaviruses by creating “hotspots” for multiple bat species.  ... Read More

Public health | Feb 5. 2021.

Climate change could have a ‘profound’ negative impact on child malnourishment

The negative impacts of climate change on child malnourishment could outweigh the positive effects of economic development in low- and middle-income ... Read More

Public health | Jan 14. 2021.
Students at english class. Madaba, Jordan. Credit: Thomas Imo / Alamy Stock Phot

Tackling gender inequality is ‘crucial’ for climate adaptation

Efforts to tackle gender inequality can play a key role in how countries adapt to the growing risks posed by climate change, a new study says. The... Read More

Risk and adaptation | Dec 15. 2020.
Women and children collect drinking water from a water logged area in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 2017. Credit: Mehedi Hasan/Alamy Stock Photo.

Mapped: How climate change disproportionately affects women’s health

From supercharging extreme weather events to boosting the spread of infectious diseases, climate change is already having a huge impact on human heal... Read More

Features | Oct 29. 2020.
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Guest post: Demand for cooling is blind spot for climate and sustainable development

With rising global temperatures and increasingly severe heatwaves, much of the world’s population is vulnerable to the growing health risks of extr... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 19. 2020.
Man with a t-shirt over his head during August 2020 heatwave

Guest post: How ‘urban heat islands’ will intensify heatwaves in UK cities

The UK experienced several tropical nights during a record-breaking heatwave in August. Central London recorded a high daily minimum temperature of 2... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 1. 2020.
Drought In Hilapgwa Valley, Zambia. Credit: Art Directors & TRIP / Alamy Stock Photo

Q&A: Could climate change and biodiversity loss raise the risk of pandemics?

Across the world, millions of people have tested positive for Covid-19 – and countless more have seen their lifestyles completely transformed as a ... Read More

Public health | May 15. 2020.
Coal remains are collected to be sold at a local market, Jharkhand, India. Credit: Joerg Boethling / Alamy Stock Photo. HN5KMY

Fossil fuel use not closely linked to longer life expectancy, study suggests

The rise of primary energy use and CO2 emissions over four decades across 70 countries is not closely correlated with increases in life expectancy, a... Read More

Public health | Mar 27. 2020.
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