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Natural England and LSHTM – Health and climate change impacts: Report card 2015

Climate change can have a wide range of impacts on health - some harmful, others potentially beneficial. This report card is an initiative of the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) Network. HEAL member Natural England belongs to the Report Card working group and HEAL member the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) acts as the chair of the working group.

This LWEC report card summarises the latest scientific evidence and understanding of how climate change may affect the health of the UK population. It has been designed to make it easier to understand the nature of the possible changes and to help inform decisions that will protect our wellbeing. It is based on ten technical review papers commissioned to provide in-depth analyses of specific topics.

This report card is aimed at those responsible for the health of communities across the UK and anyone else interested in how climate change may affect our health. Specifically, it looks at the effects of climate change on people’s health in terms of physical and mental illness and disease, and on the resilience of the UK’s health services. Many of these impacts are likely to result from changes in the frequency of extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves.

Focusing on human health and health systems, this card complements the Report Card on Infrastructure, which assesses the impact of climate change on the built structures that provide services important for our safety, health and economic development.

The report card is available from here:

Originally posted on 27 January 2016

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