Diseases that currently thrive in warmer climates may become more common in Scotland as the climate changes. Indirectly Scotland’s diets could be affected adversely by changes in food grown in Scotland and variations in global food supply as a result of climate change.
A low carbon economy also has significant health gains through reducing ground level air pollution from vehicles, promoting active travel and potentially reducing health problems from fuel poverty.
The public healthcare sector in Scotland is a significant employer and has considerable infrastructure and estates. This is important in reducing emissions both from buildings and transport. Healthcare facilities also face potential threats from a changing climate.
ClimateXChange has helped the Scottish Government assess potential health impacts from new renewable energy technology.