Public health physician and DEA member Dr Kate Charlesworth commented on the recently released IPCC report in a Channel 7 News report.
Conservation groups say the latest global report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change contains a dire but unsurprising warning for humanity with significant implications for Australia.
In a damning summary of the impact of human-induced climate change, the IPCC report said nations must urgently and drastically curb their emissions to prevent runaway global warming, which is happening faster than scientists previously predicted.
The IPCC report contained stark warnings for Australia under a high emissions pathway like the one the world is still on.
“10,000’s of Australians have lost their lives to extreme heat in a recent 12-year period, but deaths in the future could dwarf that.”
“Dirty fossil fuels such as coal and gas are driving climate change and air pollution, causing extreme weather events like floods and harming our health, and the health of our loved ones.”
~ Dr Kate Charlesworth
“We have no national health plan to deal with climate health risks. We are not at all prepared.”