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The health emergency of climate change

Last month the RSM launched a new 10-part series of events that positions health and wellbeing at the centre of the climate change discussion. With almost 3,500 registrations for the events so far, it is clear that the health challenges arising as a direct result of our warming planet are of interest to many healthcare professionals.

In the first episode, which was opened with an introductory message by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Professor Linda Luxon was joined by four leading authorities in the field of climate change and health, Professor Howard Frumkin, Professor Hugh Montgomery, Dr Tolullah Oni and Dr David Pencheon. Together they gave an insight into the health conditions impacted by climate change and the sustainable practices required to mitigate healthcare systems’ own impact on the climate.

The next two episodes focused on the devastating impact of climate change on respiratory and dermatological health. Next up, on Tuesday 27 April, will be an episode exploring the links between hazardous temperatures and cardiovascular health. Then, on Tuesday 11 May there will be an episode on the effect of climate change on our food and water, and the impact that human consumption is having on the planet.

Catch up on YouTube

All previous episodes of the series are available to view on the RSM’s YouTube channel and there are reading lists available covering recommended guidelines, evidence summaries and ways to get involved in the fight against climate change.

Find out more about climate change resources available.

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