Climate conference highlights health and security
A series on meetings entitled ‘The Health and Security Perspectives of Climate Change – How to secure our future wellbeing’ was held yesterday in London at the headquarters of the British Medical Association.
The view put forth by both human health and military experts at the conference is that climate change is the biggest current threat to both public health and security. Climate change is driving mass migration and resource depletion, both of which can cause and exacerbate armed conflict, as well as the spread of infectious diseases, hunger and malnutrition.
Besides the usual urges for national governments to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in their respective countries and promote healthier lifestyles, the conference suggests that:
[…] developing country governments should analyse climate threats to their health and security, and that all governments should stop construction of new coal-fired power stations without carbon capture and storage (CCS) – which, as commercial CCS systems do not exist, would as things stand amount to a complete ban.
Read more on the conference on BBC News.
In related news, one of the poster countries for climate change, the tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, is suffering from the effects of climate change and severe drought from the La Niña weather pattern.
There is very little room for error. Should sea levels rise this beautiful, tiny country – the land area of all nine islands combined is 26 sq km (10 sq miles), 15 times smaller than the Isle of Wight – will become uninhabitable, swallowed whole by the Pacific Ocean.
For more on Tuvalu’s multi-pronged plight of unprecedented drought, rising sea levels and human health issues, check out this article in the Guardian.