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Climate change and its impact on health on small island developing states

Most small islands already have high burdens of climate-sensitive diseases such as vector-, food- and water-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and diarrhoeal disease.

The effects of climate change (including increased average temperatures, more frequent and severe extreme weather events and rising sea levels) will exacerbate this disease burden with an expected increase in illnesses and deaths, as well as threatening access to safe food supplies, clean water and sanitation.

photo credit: United Nations Photo

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