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Climate change and health

UCL Geographers’ commentary one of the most popular in the Geographical Journal

Climate change and health

A commentary paper written by three UCL Geography researchers was among the Geographical Journal’s top ten most-downloaded papers in 2016.

The article, examining the impact of climate change on global health, was written by Andrew Papworth (a PhD researcher), Dr Sam Randalls and Professor Mark Maslin.

It critically questions the argument that climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the twenty-first century. Over the next 30 years other factors, such as poverty and health inequalities, will be more important and these should be the main focus for health professionals, at least in the short-medium term.

Climate change mitigation will nevertheless be vitally important in reducing harm further into the future. Policymakers therefore need to promote interventions that lessen the exposure of populations to climate change, boost their ability to adapt, and reduce health inequalities.

The commentary, initially published online on 3rd December 2014, was included in Volume 181(4) of the Geographical Journal’s print version in 2015.



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