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Establishing the link: climate change and decreasing life expectancy

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate change poses an urgent threat to global public health, exacerbating existing crises and significantly affecting human well-being
• This link between climate change and declining life expectancy has been underscored by new research showing rising temperatures directly reduce life expectancy and amplify health issues such as strokes and pollution-related illnesses

🔭 The context: A 2024 study published in PLOS Climate shows that each degree Celsius increase correlates with an average 0.44-year decline in life expectancy
• This affects vulnerable populations the most, especially in low-income countries and regions with limited healthcare access
• Concurrently, air pollution in South Asia is linked to an average 5-year reduction in life expectancy due to rising particulate pollution.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The intersection of climate change and health reveals the need for immediate action to mitigate emissions and improve air quality
• Without addressing these issues, climate change will continue to harm vulnerable communities, leading to a significant loss of life and worsening inequality

⏭️ What's next: The international community is shifting towards comprehensive wealth metrics beyond GDP, prioritizing social and environmental factors
• Collaborative efforts like the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health and net-zero initiatives indicate growing global recognition of the need to balance health, environmental, and economic considerations

💬 One quote: "Climate change poses an urgent threat to global public health, amplifying existing humanitarian crises and significantly affecting human well-being"

📈 One stat: A 2023 study shows extreme temperatures are linked to over half a million stroke deaths annually, particularly in regions with lower Socio-Demographic Indexes.

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