The evidence is clear that climate change is impacting health. As the 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change reports, these health harms are broad and increasing due to such threats as rising temperatures, extreme weather events, air pollution and vector- and water-borne diseases. However, climate change is not an equal opportunity threat as vulnerable populations are most at risk for the health harms including children, the elderly, pregnant women, individuals with chronic medical conditions, and those of lower socioeconomic status. Health systems must provide protection to these vulnerable populations by engaging local multidisciplinary teams of experts to improve health and save lives of those most in need.
This panel includes physician experts in climate change and health with clinical specialties that target these vulnerable populations: emergency medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics-gynecology. These specialists will provide the latest evidence for climate change health impacts for their target populations along with opportunities for health professionals and health systems to protect the health of most vulnerable among us.