Climate change is harming physical, mental, spiritual, and community health through the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme events, higher incidences of infectious and vector-borne diseases, and declines in food and water security. These impacts worsen social inequities. Emissions reductions, effective adaptation measures, and climate-resilient health systems can protect human health and improve health equity.

    Key points:

  • Climate Change Is Harming Human Health
  • Systemic Racism and Discrimination Exacerbate Climate Impacts on Human Health
  • Timely, Effective, and Culturally Appropriate Adaptation and Mitigation Actions Protect Human Health

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