Published: 26th May 2016

While climate change poses a huge threat to our health, tackling this issue also presents an opportunity. Last month, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change was formed to bring together a number of health institutions – including the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal Society of Medicine, the BMJ and The Lancet, among others – to encourage better approaches to tackle climate change that also protect and promote public health. Many of the measures that could be taken to mitigate and adapt to climate change have benefits for our health and wellbeing. Well-insulated and ventilated homes, active travel, flood and heat resilient green space, strong social cohesion, a sustainable food system and diet, as well as a reduction in air pollution –these actions all have positive health benefits. As the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change notes, many climate change policies represent ‘cost-effective and sensible public health interventions’. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)