Health in the Green Economy
Exploring how health can benefit from low-carbon & energy-efficient development
WHO's Health in the Green Economy sector briefings examine the health impacts of climate change mitigation strategies considered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their Fourth Assessment Report (Climate Change, 2007). Large, immediate health benefits from some climate change strategies are to be expected. Other strategies, however, may involve health risks or tradeoffs. These issues should be considered in the next round of IPCC mitigation reviews (Fifth Assessment Report [AR5]). See policy briefs on: Housing (English/Spanish), Urban Transport (English/Spanish), Household Energy in Developing Countries (English/Spanish), Health-Care Facilities (English/Spanish) and Occupational Health (English)
Climate Mitigation and Health Synergies: UN Climate Change Conference (COP19)
Fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) could slow the rate of global warming while saving millions of lives over the next several decades from air pollution – which now kills more than 6 million people a year. Synergies are the focus of several side events at the year’s United Nations conference on climate change (COP19), taking place in Warsaw,
11-22 November, 2013.