Welcome to December’s newsletter,
November was certainly a month of reports. In the week that celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act, there were no less than five significant climate change reports published over four days.
UK Climate Projections 2018 stated that the chances of a summer as warm as 2018 will be around 50% by 2050. In the USA, the National Climate Assessment Report made the news for being disbelieved by one or two prominent figures, and the World Meteorological Office State of the Global Climate Report described 2018 as being on course to be the fourth warmest year on record. The 2018 Lancet Countdown Report then warned us that climate change threatens to negate the huge public health gains of the past half century and finally the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report 2018 stated that to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement global emissions must peak by 2020.
Amid all this, we ourselves wrote to the Prime Minister asking for government to commit to net-zero green house gas emissions by 2050 which afforded us a small share of the available media space, and more importantly formalised our net-zero policy recommendation for the protection and promotion of public health.
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) then took place in Katowice, Poland with a remit to work out and adopt a package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Talks went on a little longer than expected, but agreement was finally reached.
Our own 2018 annual report will be published in January, and will appear on our website and in print, with a complete round-up of all this year’s UKHACC activities.
2018 will see a big change to the UKHACC secretariat as we bid farewell to Laurie Laybourn-Langton, who has been our Director since December 2017. Laurie leaves behind him a far stronger, more effective and more prolific organisation than the one he joined, and we wish him every success in his new venture, setting up and leading a new organisation. We will be welcoming Nicky Philpott as our new Director from early January 2019.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this such a successful year, we look forward to working with you all again throughout next year.
In the meantime, keep checking our website and Twitter for updates, please continue to support us with likes and re-tweets and have a happy and safe holiday season.
Dr Claire McLoughlin, Communications Manager, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
UK Health Alliance on Climate Change sends all-member letter to PM
The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change wrote to the Prime Minister calling for government to commit to the delivery of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
New US Federal Climate Assessment released
The National Climate Assessment report, released by the United States Global Change Research Program, found that that climate change is affecting human health and welfare, the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, and transport across the USA and its territories.
UK climate projections released
The UK Climate Projections 2018 study, released by the Met Office in November, provides the most up to date information on how the climate of the UK may change in the period up to the end of the 21st Century.
Emissions Gap Report 2018
The annual UN Environment Emissions Gap Report is an assessment of current national mitigation efforts and ambitions presented by each country in its Nationally Determined Contributions, which form the foundation of the Paris Agreement.
2018 Lancet Countdown report published
The 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report was published on 29 November, along with the accompanying briefings for policy makers around the world. The 2018 global report was produced by 150 experts from 27 universities and institutions including the World Health Organisation and the World Bank.
UKHACC welcomes its new Director
We are delighted to welcome Nicky Philpott, who joins UKHACC as its new Director on 7 January. Nicky takes over form Laurie Laybourn-Langton who leaves us on 11 January.
COP24 climate talks end in agreement
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) drew to a close a little later than expected, but with a global deal on the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Blog: The paradox of plastic in healthcare
This month, we co-author a comment piece on the use of plastics in healthcare with Royal College of Nursing Professional Lead on Infection Prevention and Control, Rose Gallagher MBE.
Vote for your favourite public health image
At the beginning of the Summer, FPH launched a photo competition challenging FPH members, the wider public health community and photographers to take a photo that brings to life what ‘public health looks like’. Vote for your favourite five of 29 shortlisted entries. Voting closes on 11 January.