Addressing Health, Climate Changes Together Has Mutual Benefits, Experts Say

“Attacking health and climate change problems together makes sense, experts said Saturday at a climate and health summit on the sidelines of the U.N. climate negotiations in Warsaw,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “But changing behavior that causes global warming can be just as difficult as changing behavior that leads to health problems, doctors at the summit admitted,” the news service notes, adding, “Instead, campaigners on both health and climate issues need to find ways of talking about the genuine benefits of taking action, experts said.” According to Reuters, “Moving toward action on climate and health issues is crucial, speakers at the summit said, because climate change threatens a range of worsening problems for health — from the geographical spread of diseases like malaria and dengue, to growing heat stress, food shortages and psychological pressures” (Goering, 11/17).