Potential impacts of climate change on human health in the UK

A diagram to show potential impacts of climate change on human health in the UK

The diagram shows the potential impacts of climate change on human health in the UK according to the ‘spatial setting’- urban, coastal, or rural. The diagram indicates that health risks in coastal areas relate to coastal flooding and erosion, while in urban areas air pollution, increased temperatures and the ‘urban heat island effect’ are named some of the key risks. In rural areas, drought and an increase in allergenic pollens are identified as potential risks to health.

Source: Under the Weather, Improving health, wellbeing and resilience in a changing climate, NHS Sustainable Development Unit and the Environment Agency, March 2015, p10