In the last 130 years, the earth’s temperature has risen by approximately 0.85°C, with each of the last three decades hotter than the one before. Rising global temperatures damage ecosystems, endanger coastal areas and increase the risk of extreme weather, affecting many of the social and environmental determinants of health. Changes in climatic conditions can also alter the incidence, transmission and distribution of infectious diseases. Recognising that climate change has the potential to affect health and disease outcomes for people across the countries in which we work, we believe it is essential to continue to incorporate responses to climate-related risks into our programmes.
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