The cost of climate change is expected to double the cost of medical care by 2030, and the health of the planet is at risk, according to the chief scientific adviser to the prime minister.
The findings were made by the chief medical officer (CMO) of the Commonwealth, Professor Andrew McLeod, in a letter to the Prime Minister, released to Fairfax Media.
Professor McLeod says the climate change threat is “unprecedented” and the government needs to be ready to take action.
“We are seeing the impact of climate impacts across health, productivity, productivity in terms of the carbon emissions and other aspects of climate, and in the health system,” he said.
A climate change-related health cost is estimated to rise by $14.6 billion by 2030.
“[Climate change] is a health issue, and it’s impacting the quality of life, the quality and quantity of life,” he told Fairfax Media’s ABC News Breakfast program.
Climate change impacts include the following: A reduction in crop yields; Climate change affects agriculture and the amount of grain is affected, resulting in a reduction in the amount and variety of crops grown.
Higher temperatures will also affect the air quality and the severity of severe weather events.
Increased demand for air conditioning will increase costs and make it more difficult for people to cool down.
Food and drink shortages are also projected to result in higher costs.
Fruit and veg farmers are the largest sector of the Australian food industry and will be hardest hit by climate change.
Cattle herders and poultry farmers are also affected.
Prof McLeod said it was not known how much climate change will cost Australia’s economy, but predicted Australia would incur $40 billion in increased costs due to climate change in 2030.
“The impacts are projected to grow as the impact intensifies,” he wrote.
Mr Abbott said it would be wrong to focus on the climate in a “politically correct” way.
“We will not be complacent,” he added.
He also said the Commonwealth was working with the Federal Government and other states to address climate change and the effects of climate changes.
“As a nation, we are going to need to do everything in our power to ensure that Australia can survive,” he continued.
“It’s our job to ensure our economy is strong and resilient and our people are safe.”
The letter also outlines how climate change impacts the quality, quantity and availability of medical treatment.
Its release comes as the government announces its plans to set up a National Health Workforce.
Dr McLeod warned climate change could also be a cause for people becoming “sick and tired” of the way things are.
”It’s not just the physical side of climate that’s affecting us, but the mental side as well,” he explained.”
If we can’t work together on this, then we can get sick and tired of what we have to deal with.