Climate change is seriously threatening human health

Children play in a stream created by flooded water after the passage of the cyclone Idai, in Mozambique, on March 24, 2019. Scientists say more frequent flooding increases the risk of diseases.

Story highlights

  • Extreme heat and more frequent floods increase the risk of diseases and injuries, according to scientists.
  • Warmer temperatures are already triggering serious mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.
  • A zero-carbon economy could prevent several hundred thousand premature deaths, experts said.

(CNN)Climate change poses a major threat to human health and is already having global impact by spreading infectious diseases and exacerbating mental health problems, experts warned Tuesday.

    But extreme heat and more frequent floods also increase the risk of diseases and injuries, according to 29 experts who form the European Academies' Science Advisory Counci