Annual deaths from climate change could reach half a million by 2030

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2227
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

    More than 300 000 people are dying each year, and millions more endure ill health as a result of climate change, says the first report to focus exclusively on the human impact of global warming.

    The report, from the Global Humanitarian Forum, says that most of the deaths are caused by malnutrition, diarrhoea, and malaria. It estimates that 90% are the result of gradual environmental changes, with 10% attributable to weather disasters. The health of another 235 million people is being seriously affected.

    The report predicts that by 2030 the annual death …

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