Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation : Vol. 25, No. 1, p. 203-242 : Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Integrating Global Health into the International Response to Climate Change
Wiley, Lindsay F.
This Article argues that emphasis on climate change as a fundamental transformation of our environment that will have important consequences for human health has the potential to motivate and shape consensus on mitigation of climate change, while also improving our global health infrastructure as an adaptation to climate change impacts. Part II focuses on the global health burden currently attributable to environmental causes and the anticipated health impacts of climate change. Part III provides background on international climate governance under the UNFCCC and the current status of negotiations. Part IV sets forth an agenda for the integration of global health concerns into the negotiation of a series of key issues currently under debate in the international response to climate change and the national implementation of international obligations. Part V offers a conclusion emphasizing the importance of involving global health policymakers in the response to climate change.