Here is a list of 6 aspects of our lives that will change as a result of global warming. Six. But look at them! Any one of them is a potential global catastrophe.
“Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” So concluded a Lancet—UCL Commission report earlier this year.
A systematic appraisal of available evidence showed that the risks from climate change are:
• changing patterns of disease,
• food insecurity,
• unsafe water and sanitation,
• damage to human settlements,
• extreme events, and
• impacts to population growth and migration
All were far more severe for human health than most observers had understood.
The message added an important new dimension to the political debate about how to respond to climate change. The threat was not only environmental and economic; it was directed at life itself.