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The MJA-lancet countdown on health and climate change: Australian policy inaction threatens lives

Zhang, Ying; Beggs, Paul John; Bambrick, Hilary; Berry, Helen; Linnenluecke, Martina K; Trueck, Stefan; Alders, Robyn; Bi, Peng; Boylan, Sinead M; Green, Donna; Hanna, Elizabeth

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Climate plays an important role in human health and it is well established that climate change can have very significant impacts in this regard. In partnership with The Lancet and the MJA, we present the inaugural Australian Countdown assessment of progress on climate change and health. This comprehensive assessment examines 41 indicators across five broad sections: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation, planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorZhang, Ying
dc.contributor.authorBeggs, Paul John
dc.contributor.authorBambrick, Hilary
dc.contributor.authorBerry, Helen
dc.contributor.authorLinnenluecke, Martina K
dc.contributor.authorTrueck, Stefan
dc.contributor.authorAlders, Robyn
dc.contributor.authorBi, Peng
dc.contributor.authorBoylan, Sinead M
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Donna
dc.contributor.authorHanna, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-25T00:56:36Z
dc.identifier.issn0025-729X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/186550
dc.description.abstractClimate plays an important role in human health and it is well established that climate change can have very significant impacts in this regard. In partnership with The Lancet and the MJA, we present the inaugural Australian Countdown assessment of progress on climate change and health. This comprehensive assessment examines 41 indicators across five broad sections: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation, planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement. These indicators and the methods used for each are largely consistent with those of the Lancet Countdown global assessment published in October 2017, but with an Australian focus. Significant developments include the addition of a new indicator on mental health. Overall, we find that Australia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on health, and that policy inaction in this regard threatens Australian lives. In a number of respects, Australia has gone backwards and now lags behind other high income countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom. Examples include the persistence of a very high carbon-intensive energy system in Australia, and its slow transition to renewables and low carbon electricity generation. However, we also find some examples of good progress, such as heatwave response planning. Given the overall poor state of progress on climate change and health in Australia, this country now has an enormous opportunity to take action and protect human health and lives. Australia has the technical knowhow and intellect to do this, and our annual updates of this assessment will track Australia’s engagement with and progress on this vitally important issue.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAustralasian Medical Association
dc.rights© 2018 AMPCo Pty Ltd. Produced with Elsevier B.V
dc.sourceMedical Journal of Australia
dc.titleThe MJA-lancet countdown on health and climate change: Australian policy inaction threatens lives
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume209
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor111705 - Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB137
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.mja.com.au/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationZhang, Ying, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationBeggs, Paul John, Macquarie University
local.contributor.affiliationBambrick, Hilary, Queensland University of Technology
local.contributor.affiliationBerry, Helen, The University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationLinnenluecke, Martina K, Macquarie University
local.contributor.affiliationTrueck, Stefan, Macquarie University
local.contributor.affiliationAlders, Robyn, Kyeema Foundation
local.contributor.affiliationBi, Peng, University of Adelaide
local.contributor.affiliationBoylan, Sinead M, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationGreen, Donna , University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationHanna, Elizabeth, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue11
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage474
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage474
local.identifier.doi10.5694/mja18.00789
local.identifier.absseo960301 - Climate Change Adaptation Measures
dc.date.updated2019-05-19T08:20:33Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85058411268
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