Health

This section covers the implications of climate change for human health, including: death and disease through natural disasters; the sensitivity of diseases to changing temperatures and precipitation; as well as other major killers such as malnutrition and diarrhea.

UNU Spotlights Climate Change-related Productivity Losses [viewed]

UNU23 September 2014: An article published by the UN University (UNU) argues that the economic case for climate action is further strengthened by heat-related labor productivity losses resulting from climate change, which amount to billions of US dollars. While the physiological limits of human beings exposed to heat when working have long been studied in public health science, scientists and economists have only recently begun paying attention to their links to climate change, according to environmental and occupational health scientist Tord Kjellstrom.

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IMF Analyzes Co-Benefits of Carbon Pricing [viewed]

IMFSeptember 2014: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a working paper, titled ‘How Much Carbon Pricing is in Countries' Own Interests? The Critical Role of Co-Benefits.' The paper assesses, for the top 20 emitting countries, the degree to which carbon pricing is in countries' national interests by analyzing domestic co-benefits before even considering climate benefits.

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UN Climate Summit Catalyzes Action [viewed]

climate-summit-iisdrs23 September 2014: Climate Summit 2014 has concluded with countries committing to domestic action on climate change and pledging a total of US$2.3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA24 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola.

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Event: Indoor Air Pollution [viewed]

This open event, part of the Climate Week NYC, will be organized by SMEFUNDS, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) aiming to end poverty through promoting sustainable enterprise development in Africa. The event will seek to mobilize a partnership and increase awarenes on the impact of indoor pollution on women in low-income households in Africa, and will result in a call for action on the matter.  

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UN Report Reviews Efforts to "Deliver as One" on Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2014: Ahead of the Climate Summit 2014, the UN released a report, titled 'How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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WHO Assesses Climate Change Risks to Health [viewed]

WHO22 September 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report, titled ‘Quantitative risk assessment of the effects of climate change on selected causes of death, 2030s and 2050s,' which focuses on future climate change risks to health.

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CCAC Report Urges Immediate Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC19 September 2014: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has released a report, titled ‘Time to Act – To reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).' The report details the causes and sources of SLCPs, and outlines the potential benefits of control measures.

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SLoCaT-Backed Study Calculates Public Transport Benefits [viewed]

slocat17 September 2014: An accelerated shift to clean public transport could save over US$100 trillion during the next 35 years, according to a study supported by the Partnership on Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT). The scenario study demonstrates how a shift in investment away from cars and towards public transport can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and result in savings in public and private capital, as well as in operating costs.

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World Bank Group Designs Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate [viewed]

Worldbanklogo15 September 2014: The World Bank Group has announced the design of the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF), a pay-for-performance instrument that aims to stimulate investment in projects that reduce emissions while maximizing the impact of scarce public resources and leveraging private sector financing through the use of auctions.

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