Estimated current deaths from Climate Change by WHO: 150,000 / year


The World Health Organization WHO has estimated that there are currently 150,000 deaths annually from effects of climate change. That estimate includes deaths as a result of extreme weather conditions, which may be occurring with increased frequency. Changes in temperature and rainfall conditions also may influence transmission patterns for many diseases, including water-related diseases, such as diarrhoea, and vector-borne infections, including malaria. Finally, climate change may affect patterns of food production, which in turn can have health impacts in terms of rates of malnutrition. There is further evidence that unmitigated greenhouse gas emissions would increase disease burdens in the coming decades. The risks are concentrated in the poorest populations, who have contributed the least to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.

The graphic below gives the geographical distribution:



Dash, J. (2010). Estimated current deaths from Climate Change by WHO: 150,000 / year. Retrieved from


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