A joint report launched recently by 'The Lancet' and University College London (UCL) says that climate change is the biggest threat to global health this century.

An inter-disciplinary team at UCL focused on: patterns of disease and mortality, food security, water and sanitation, shelter and human settlements, extreme events, and population migration.

Lead author Prof. Anthony Costello said: 'The big message of this report is that climate change is a health issue affecting billions of people, not just an environmental issue about polar bears and deforestation.

The impacts will be felt not just in the UK, but all around the world - and not just in some distant future but in our lifetimes and those of our children'.