A growing body of evidence suggests there is potential for global climate change, caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels for energy, to have a significant impact on health and wellbeing.
Increasingly cold winters and hot summers, along with extreme weather phenomena such as flooding, can all impact on physical and mental health. For example by exacerbating the symptoms of certain physical and mental health conditions and contributing to an increased incidence accidents.
Taking action now to limit climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through better transport and energy-use choices can result in improved health. (World Health Organisation, January 2010)