Health Unit Releases Climate Change Report

The Middlesex-London Health Unit says climate change is having an impact on the health of people in our region.

The health unit has released a report, called Assessment of Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change in Middlesex-London.

It was prepared by Dr. Peter Berry and Jaclyn Paterson from Health Canada, and Chris Buse, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto.

The report says unless emissions are reduced, a warming climate will lead to more smog and pollution, which will negatively affect the health of the population.

The report warns, “exposure of people living in Middlesex-London to climate and weather hazards such as floods, extreme heat events, air pollution and vector-borne infectious diseases is significant and growing. Due to the threats to human health and well-being and potential impacts on the sustainability of health and social services, decision makers should plan for climate change before greater health consequences are felt at local, regional, and national levels.”

“This report is the first of its kind in Canada to be undertaken at the local level and it provides a clear picture of some of the challenges that lie ahead for our community in the coming years,” says Iqbal Kalsi, manager of environmental health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, who oversees the Health Hazard portfolio. “We now have data that establishes a benchmark and highlights how local residents are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This report is a roadmap that will guide our work and allow us to focus our energy where it is needed.”

The entire report can be read by clicking here.