April 26

Report: Climate Change a Health Risk for 70% of World’s Workers, UN Warns


More than 70% of workers around the world face climate change-related health risks, with more than 2.4 billion people likely to be exposed to excessive heat on the job, according to a report released Monday by the United Nations.

Climate change is already having a severe impact on the safety and health of workers around the world as excessive heat, extreme weather, solar UV radiation and air pollution have resulted in an alarming increase in some diseases, according to the findings from the International Labour Organization, a U.N. agency.

Photo courtesy of Frank Busch.

Source: CBS News (link opens in a new window)

climate change, employment, human rights