Climate Change is a growing health challenge both in the UK and globally. Extremes of heat were estimated to have resulted in 11,000 excess deaths across Europe during the summer of 2020 alone. Other projected impacts include the spread of diseases due to changes in vector ecology and increases in respiratory conditions.
Healthcare systems themselves account for almost 5% of net global carbon emissions, and therefore have a key role to play in decarbonisation.
At Plymouth, collaborations between biomedical, social and natural scientists, and partnerships with NHS and sector innovators, provide a holistic foundation through which our research addresses health impacts of climate change to ultimately inform policy and achieve decarbonised health and care systems.