The reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), set up under the auspices of the United Nations, represent the most authoritative scientific understanding of climate change. Three scientific working groups have been constituted to cover different areas:
• Working Group 1 (IPCC-WG1) – The physical scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change.
• Working Group 2 (IPCC-WG2) – The vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adaptation.
• Working Group 3 (IPCC-WG3) – Options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and removing them from the atmosphere.
Medact has written briefings based on each of the reports released so far that examine the impact of climate change on health.
The briefings summarise some of the IPCC’s key findings, discuss their implications for health, and provide recommendations on the way forward.