Health and global change in an interconnected world
Concerns and responsibilities for Switzerland
Swiss Academies of Sciences (SCNAT) Current anthropogenic pressures on the biosphere are historically unprecedented. These complex and far-reaching changes are disrupting many of the Earth’s systems, cycles and feedback mechanisms, leading to adverse impacts and threatening the foundations of human health and well-being.
This factsheet of the Swiss Academies highlights the principal drivers of global change, placing particular emphasis on associated health impacts.
Relevant issues for Switzerland include local health impacts due to climate change, vulnerability to (re-)emerging infectious diseases, in-migrant health and overseas health impacts. Interdisciplinary research and cross-sector action are needed to mitigate adverse health impacts and adapt to global change.