6 – Climate and health

The close and delicate relationship between people and planet has been highlighted by COVID-19 (and previous disease outbreaks). A true economic and social recovery from the pandemic will not permit unabated climate change.

Climate change directly damages our health. These include harm from heat, air pollution, unsafe drinking water, loss of food security, shelter, and an increase in diseases.

The impacts of global warming are already visible. Australia is enduring increasing catastrophic climate related events of heat waves, droughts, floods and the most recently the 2019-2020 unprecedented bushfires.

Australia’s rainfall variability will increase (longer dry spells and heavier rain events), threatening water supplies and agriculture.

Australia needs a suite of measures to curb emissions and adapt to higher temperatures in ways that protect and promote health.

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