8 billion people: Four ways climate change and population growth combine to threaten public health, with global consequences

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:29:38 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"There are questions that worry me profoundly as a population- and
environmental-health scientist.

Will we have enough food for a growing global population? How will we take care
of more people in the next pandemic? What will heat do to millions with
hypertension? Will countries wage water wars because of increasing droughts?

These risks all have three things in common: health, climate change and a
growing population that the United Nations forecast would pass 8 billion people
on Nov. 15, 2022 – double the population of just 48 years ago.

In my 40-year career, first working in the Amazon rainforest and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, and then in academia, I have encountered
many public health threats, but none so intransigent and pervasive as climate

Of the multitude of climate-related adverse health effects, the following four
represent the greatest public health concerns for a growing population."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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