As the sun comes down on another year, one can applaud the enhanced visibility for “health” within the national discourse in India at various fora –- academic, social and political.
Much of this is driven by air pollution levels that are currently causing concern both because of attributable illness and death but also because of the challenge they pose in terms of mitigation and control.
A less recognised, but inextricably linked challenge is climate change. Stated to be the greatest global health challenge of the 21st century, the role of climate change in undoing several decades of public health gains is worrisome.
Globally, rising temperatures, increased precipitation and rainfall have resulted in greater frequency of climatic events ranging from fires and floods to droughts and heatwaves. In India alone Read More
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