Climate crisis is creating a health crisis

Climate change poses serious health risks to vulnerable populations at all stages of life.

Air pollution and climate hazards like wildfires, flooding, and extreme heat have detrimental effects on pregnant women, newborns, children, adolescents, and the elderly.

Climate-related natural disasters can lead to physical and mental health consequences, including premature births, respiratory diseases, and cognitive impairments.

The World Meteorological Organization reports that 2023 was the hottest year on record, with global temperatures expected to rise significantly in the next five years.


Rapid warming could result in an additional 250,000 deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea, and heat stroke by 2050.

Air pollution exacerbates health risks, leading to high blood pressure, low birth weight, premature births, and respiratory diseases.

Climate-related natural disasters increase mortality related to respiratory disorders and cardiovascular disease, particularly in vulnerable populations.

The World Health Organization urges governments to prioritize climate change as a health issue and take action to protect vulnerable groups.

Tailored climate responses are needed for vulnerable populations, including women, infants, children, adolescents, and the elderly.

Concrete actions such as implementing flexible working hours, preparing child care and education systems for extreme weather, and educating communities on protective measures are necessary to safeguard health at all stages of life.