Much of the current burden is linked to energy consumption and transport systems - it is these systems that require changing, and in so doing they could reduce public health problems. The WHO team, speaking at the conference, said they wished to increase awareness of the co-benefits for health brought by reductions in greenhouse gases in all sectors, such as transport, housing, energy, and agriculture, and at all levels. They argued that a cut in emissions of greenhouse gases would improve environmental conditions and health and reduce the global disease burden by more than 25%.
Those at greatest risk to climate related health disorders are the poor and the geographically vulnerable. WHO representatives called for greater global awareness of the health benefits from the reductions in greenhouse gases. Health policy makers must factor climate change into their activities to cut the burden of global disease.