Time: 1:15-2:45 PM CEST
Climate change is affecting world health. This session is meant to share recent evidence of the adverse impacts of climate change on health and the opportunities for turning to a healthy, greener society.
Climate change is proved to have direct and indirect health effects. Adaptation is essential to reduce not preventable impacts of climate change, whereas mitigation actions to cut emissions are imperative to reduce health risks.
The importance of systems and capacity to understand (monitor and quantify health impacts of climate change) has emerged. The Lancet Countdown in Europe will monitor progress on health and climate change in Europe, while the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) is currently conducting an inter-regional project, focusing on Mediterranean region issues, as food security, forced displacement, and water shortages.
Scientists are working to respond to the need for identifying the variables that contribute to food security under climate change and to highlight pattern and relationships between themselves. The effects of the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic can positively act as a catalyst for global commitment to a healthier and greener model of global growth.
Volker ter Meulen