background image

COP28 must focus on the climate-fueled health crisis

author image

By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on Project Syndicate or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: The climate crisis is escalating into a global health crisis as the dependence on fossil fuels contributes to a range of health hazards, including extreme weather events, food and water scarcity, and air pollution
• Despite this knowledge, global leaders have been slow to act on phasing out fossil fuels

🔭 The context: The Lancet Countdown report indicates that climate change's impact on health is severe, with a marked increase in diseases and health risks
• Heatwaves and droughts have led to significant food insecurity, and air pollution claims millions of lives yearly, yet world leaders, however, continue to neglect these issues in climate negotiations

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Climate change disproportionately affects regions least responsible for it, like Africa and small island states, exacerbating health inequalities
• The failure to reduce emissions significantly jeopardizes global health, with vulnerable populations at greatest risk

⏭️ What's next: Addressing the climate-fueled health crisis requires comprehensive measures, including phasing out fossil fuels, enhancing public health policies, and promoting a just energy transition
• The upcoming COP28 conference is crucial for world leaders to demonstrate commitment to these goals

💬 One quote: "The climate-fueled health crisis cannot be solved without urgently shifting away from fossil fuels" (Marina Romanello, author)

📈 One stat: In 2022, extreme heatwaves resulted in the loss of 490 billion working hours globally

Click for more news covering the latest on climate change

Did you enjoy this illuminem voice? Support us by sharing this article!
author photo

About the author

illuminem's editorial team - providing you with concise summaries of the most important sustainability news of the day.

Follow us on Linkedin, Twitter​ & Instagram

Other illuminem Voices

Related Posts

You cannot miss it!

Weekly. Free. Your Top 10 Sustainability & Energy Posts.

You can unsubscribe at any time (read our privacy policy)