Climate Real Talk

Air pollution is now as deadly as tobacco, according to the Lancet Countdown Report detailing concerning connections between climate change and health, Deutsche Welle reports.

Children are bearing the brunt as mounting food insecurity fuels undernutrition during the crucial early years of life.

Fossil fuel emissions wreak havoc on every vital organ, yet consumption subsidies climbed 50% in the past 3 years. And the health sector itself contributes 4.6% of global emissions.

But some promising transitions are afoot: Coal use for electricity is down; use of renewable energy sources and electric cars is up; and climate services are being integrated with more countries’ health sectors.  

In sum: “Without accelerated intervention, this new era will come to define the health of people at every stage of their lives.”

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