These two maps show, firstly, the world in terms of carbon emissions and, secondly, the world in terms of mortality as a result of climate change.
They come from a study published in the Lancet (pdf / more).
In an editorial (registration required) the Lancet identifies:
- an astonishing lack of knowledge about how we should respond to the negative health effects of climate change
- we have an immense task before us to address the inadequacies of health systems to protect people in countries most at risk
- technologies have to be developed out of greater research investments into climate change science, better understanding about how to deliver those technologies in the field, and a more complete appreciation of the social and cultural dimensions into which those technologies might be implanted
- there is a political challenge in creating the conditions for low-carbon living
And it says:
Too many doctors have been silent for too long about the importance of climate change to the future of health and health services.HT: Ezra Klein