According to new data released by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), global average temperatures in the first half of 2015 were the hottest on record. While humanity perhaps fails to see the economic effects of climate change, its consequences on human health are becoming more apparent. The number of extreme weather and climate-related phenomenons are rising. In May 2015, India was struck by a deadly heatwave, with temperatures as high as 47°C which led to 2,200 deaths.
A recent Lancet Commission study suggests that previous World Health Organisation & Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates on the future effect of global warming on health are underestimates. They failed to take into account vulnerabilities caused by ageing, migration and population growth.
Will COP21 put humanity on a path to a safer future? Will the deal close the gap between the carbon-cutting pledges and what scientists believe is necessary to prevent an increase in the average global temperature?
Meeting point: Square de Meeus Park, meeting point near the bus stop on Rue du Luxembourg
- "Weighing the Climate Elephant, The First Step to a Sustainable Future" (Foreign Affairs, 29 June 2015)
- "Wise after the events - Climate change" (The Economist, 27 June 2015)
- "Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health" (The Lancet, 23 June 2015)
Rue du Luxembourg 24
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