Global climate change has been a key topic as this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with recent devastating natural disasters adding impetus to the conversation, reports Alexandra Sifferlin of TIME Health. In addition to steep costs from extreme weather, the costs of climate change are also becoming increasingly clear for global health.
From exacerbating global hunger to increasing the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, leaders at the UN are explicitly calling out the health risks from climate change. Many countries, particularly developing nations, highlight the co-benefits from climate action. For example, countries with air pollution problems can view climate change mitigation as an opportunity to improve air quality and overall public health.