Rio+20: Understanding health consequences of climate change

Rio+20 (15/06/2012) – Dr Carlos Dora, World Health Organisation explains that by understanding what is expected to arise in the future from climate change, we can all respond better and better prepare ourselves.

He gives the example from the health services of the lessons learnt by the 2003 heatwave in Europe that saw over 70,000 people die. The lessons that France learnt from this heatwave meant that in 2006, there were less additional deaths than expected as the health service and people as individuals could prepare.

He explains how the Framework for Climate Services helps to bridge the gaps between the different areas of science – between health, weather food production, air pollution etc.