Commenting on new research published in the Lancet today, which finds that climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains, Oxfam’s senior health policy advisor Mohga Kamal-Yanni said:
“This shows how people, especially the poorest and most marginalised, are threatened from all sides by the gathering pace of climate change.
“The evidence of the damage climate change wreaks on people’s respiratory, cardiovascular and mental health and how it increases the threat of infectious diseases is truly frightening.
“Future generations are at risk too – 25 million more under-fives are set to be malnourished by 2050 because of climate change.
“Rapid action to tackle global emissions and help communities adapt is crucial to reduce the threats of ill-health, hunger and additional hardship. Rich countries can and should make substantial cuts to their emissions by phasing out coal and by providing the funding that developing countries need to cope with climate change.”