The devastating bushfires that scorched Australia in 2020, claiming over 30 lives and leading to widespread smoke inhalation and psychological distress, emphasized the stark reality of climate change’s impact on human health. The rising threat of climate change and its multifaceted repercussions were analyzed in the report, “Our Future on Earth, 2020,” published by the global sustainability research consortium, Future Earth.
Drawn from a survey of 222 eminent scientists from 52 countries, the report identified five most consequential global risks:
- Failure in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
- Extreme weather events.
- Major biodiversity loss leading to ecosystem collapse.
- Food crises.
- Water crises.
These interconnected threats pose a significant risk to planetary health – the well-being of human civilization and the sustainability of the natural systems upon which it…