Health and climate change: responding to converging crises. The 2020 Lancet Countdown Report

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The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change represent converging crises that have and will have impacts on health. The importance of aligning response strategies is central in the new report of “The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change”, edited by the outstanding journal on medical science. The CMCC Foundation is among the institutions that contributed to the report and will present it in the Bangladeshi Launch on December 10, 2020.

No continent, country or community is immune from the health impacts of climate change. The 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: responding to converging crises highlights the importance of aligning the global COVID-19 recovery with our response to climate change to protect health, promote a sustainable economy, and preserve our planet.

The report, edited by the outstanding journal on medical science, tracks the relationship between health and climate change across five key domains and over 40 indicators. It is the result of an internationally renowned research collaboration that brings together more than 120 leading experts ranging from 38 academic institutions and UN agencies from all over the world. The CMCC Foundation is among such institutions, giving its contribution to the Working Group on “Climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerabilities”.

“This year’s report reveals the most concerning outlook for human health since the inception of the Lancet Countdown” affirms Shouro Dasgupta, CMCC researcher and author of the Lancet Countdown 2020. “Climate change impacts are claiming lives, damaging human health and disrupting livelihoods in all parts of the world, right now. This is not projected: these are the impacts that are currently happening. And the most vulnerable in our society are facing the greatest burden”.

Dr. Dasgupta will be keynote speaker at the first Bangladeshi Launch of the Report on Thursday – 10 December 2020 (8:00 PM BD/14:00 GMT/15:00 CEST), where he has been invited to present the Report. The event will be held online (click here to register) and is organized by the Department of Public Health and Informatics, Jahangirnagar University. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the latest data on how climate change is affecting our health, the consequences of delayed action and the health benefits of a robust response.



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