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Health: Climate Change

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research the Government have (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of climate change on public health in the last five years. (188904)

[holding answer 25 February 2008]: At the request of the Department, an expert panel on climate change and health in the United Kingdom was formed, which included experts from a range of relevant fields, to advise and report from a wide range of available evidence, on the likely impact of climate change on health, and implications for the national health service.

Their resulting report Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK was published in 2002.

More recently, the Department commissioned another panel of independent scientific experts to focus on areas that had changed since the original report, based on the latest information and predictions about climate change. Their resulting update report was published jointly by the Department and the Health Protection Agency on 12 February 2008.

Both reports are available on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_080702

Copies of the first report are available in the Library and copies of the update report have been placed in the Library.