Heat and Extreme Events – the adaptation gap to reduce health impacts

19:00 Tuesday 28 May




Virginia Murray (United Kingdom) 1,5; Cristina Linares (Spain) 2; Rohaida Isnail (Malaysia) 3; Henry Neufedt (Denmark) 4; Gerardo Sanchez Martinez (Spain) 4

1 - Public Health England and UNU-International Institue of Global Health; 2 - Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. National School of Public Health. Carlos III Institute of Health. Madrid. Spain; 3 - 4. Ministry of Health, Malaysia; 4 - 5. UNEP DTU Partnership, Denmark; 5 - 1. Public Health England, UK and UNU-International Institute of Global Health

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held on 3-14 December 2018 in Katowice and aims to adopt a full package implementing the Paris Agreement. The Agreement is the first international agreement in history, which compels all countries in the world to take action on climate protection. The implementation package will allow for the implementation of the Agreement in practice. It will thus set global climate and energy policy for the coming years.

As part of the evidence provided the UN Environment Adaptation Gap Analysis Report 2018 will be presented at the COP meeting. For the first time this UN Environment report has chosen to focus on the health sector for part of the report. Several chapters are included in the report including one on heat and extreme events. In summary, as the report has not been published at the time of submission of this abstract. This abstract only shares a limited part of the outputs. It was noted that impacts from recent climate-related, such as heatwaves, droughts, floods, cyclones, and wildfires (associated with both heat and drought) reveal significant vulnerability and exposure of many human systems to current climate variability (IPPC, 2014). The impact of heatwaves and extreme events to human health are being proven, but challenges include generating reliable data for monitoring the severity of these impacts. Future projections identify that human exposure to heat and extreme weather condition show increasing vulnerability and impact amongst the world’s growing populations.