It has taken over 2,000 years to develop our current understanding of climate change, dating back to the ancient Greeks through to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the current view from space. Yet there has been too slow a recognition of the health consequences that are already in affect and only set to increase. Martin Schweiger tells the evolving story of climate change, what has been done already and the steps still to be taken.
Professor Virgina Murray then discusses the impact of climate change to air quality, including growing air and transport hazards seen the world over. Through UN Landmark agreements including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, she explains how governments plan and action their strategies for health and disaster risk management in this rapidly changing field.
Martin Schweiger was previously a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, working between the NHS and Leeds City Council.
Prof. Virginia Murray is a public health doctor committed to improving health emergency and disaster risk management. She was appointed as Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction for UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) in April 2014.