General Article Health of 12 million Brits at risk from climate crisis

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More than 12 million people living in the UK are vulnerable to the physical, mental and health impacts of the climate crisis, a new report has warned.

By Matt Mace

A new report from The Climate Coalition and the Priestley International Centre for Climate has warned that the health of more than 12 million people could deteriorate as heatwaves and major flood events rise in frequency and impact as a result of the climate crisis.

Approximately 1.8 million people in the UK are living in areas that are at significant risk of flooding, according to the report, a number that could reach 2.6 million over the next 17 years. The report notes that flooding can worsen mental health and wellbeing, with one third of people that have experienced flooding also experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Additionally, around 12 million people – namely the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions - are vulnerable to the impacts of heatwaves.

In the UK, heat-related mortality in p...

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