Climate change will kill 14.5 million people globally by 2050 — but mostly not directly
The article explores a World Economic Forum report predicting that climate change will cause 14.5 million additional deaths by 2050. The report estimates $12.5 trillion in economic losses and $1.1 trillion in healthcare costs due to climate-related health threats. Unlike past pandemics, climate change presents a multi-faceted health crisis, impacting cardiovascular, diarrheal, and vector-borne diseases. The Global South is expected to bear the brunt, facing limited healthcare resources and vulnerability to climate impacts. The report identifies floods, droughts, wildfires, sea-level rise, tropical storms, and heat waves as major contributors to negative health outcomes. The article emphasizes the urgent need for global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, treat climate change as a public health crisis, and invest in healthcare resilience, particularly in vulnerable regions with limited resources.