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2. Adaptation and mitigation for health

Climate change is happening now, and we need to take actions that reduce the impacts of climate change (mitigation) and help us to live with its effects (adaptation). The impacts from climate change that are most likely to be felt locally are in relation to more extreme weather, such as heavy rainfall and heatwaves.


One of the biggest risks arising from heatwaves is to human health, especially to those who are elderly or vulnerable.

The NHS provides advice for Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather (NHS), which includes:

  • Staying hydrated and ensuring others that are particularly at risk do so
  • Stay indoors and close curtains
  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm if possible, and avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day

Heat waves can often result in poor air quality; for more information on atmospheric pollution, the pollution warning service and other related matters, check our air quality pages.