Our New Report With The Climate Coalition
The health of more than 12 million people in the UK – equivalent to the populations of Greater London and Greater Manchester combined – are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – through heatwaves and major flood events.
Our latest report, in collaboration with the Climate Coalition and the Priestley International Centre for Climate, shows that approximately 1.8 million people in the UK are living in areas at significant risk of flooding – a number which could increase to 2.6 million in as little as 17 years. Just under 12 million people in the UK are also dangerously vulnerable to future summer heatwaves, particularly the elderly or people with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
While the health risks from climate change will grow if unabated, many impacts are being felt in the UK now as last year was once again the hottest year on record. As this burden of ill health increases, so too will the health services own vulnerability to the effects of climate change. NHS facilities are not immune to flooding.
If decision-makers commit to take urgent, decisive action, we will live healthier lives with cleaner air and more green spaces. It is only through action to reduce emissions at every level – global, national, organisational and personal – that we will stop climate change. The health sector, which currently accounts for 5.4% of the UK’s emissions, is no exception to this.
You can read the introduction to our report, from Dr Fiona Godlee, below. Download the pdf to read more.