There is a growing realisation that climate change is one of the biggest environmental concerns facing the world today. With rising temperatures, changing sea levels and extreme weather patterns, it presents a major threat to public health. Climate change is expected to have consequences on economic development, food production, access to water, migration patterns and has the potential to affect transmission patterns of communicable diseases. Europe's citizens are concerned about the impact that climate change can have on their health and expect policy makers to act.
- Even in the absence of climate change the healthcare systems face new challenges every day.
- Climate change puts additional strain on many systems.
- Adaptation builds on preparedness and on constant vigilance.
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All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long- running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.