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Heat Related Health Inequalities



Recent research published in the British Medical Journal shows that Climate Change has impacts on health and health inequalities—directly and indirectly. A 2020 UCL Institute of Health Equity (IHE) report warned that climate change will widen health inequalities in the future unless we take urgent action.  


"Growing evidence suggests that extreme heat has unequal impacts on morbidity. For example, one recent study found that emergency hospital admissions owing to extreme heat were higher in more socioeconomically deprived areas of England. Those from the most deprived backgrounds are more likely to be admitted for heat exacerbated health conditions, including respiratory metabolic and infectious diseases, as well as accidents. Extreme heat and climate change also adversely affect mental health, including among those most socioeconomically disadvantaged."


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