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Millions face potential health risks from climate change in UK, report warns

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 05 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n342
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Almost a third of people report suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after having their house flooded, highlighting the potential health risks from climate change for millions of UK residents, a new report1 has warned.

In a joint report published on 5 February, the Climate Coalition and the Priestley International Centre for Climate estimate that more than 12 million people in the UK are vulnerable to adverse health because of events made more likely by climate change such as heatwaves and major flooding.

Around 1.8 million people in the UK live in areas at significant risk of flooding, and this …

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