Climate change is an increasing threat to our health. The WHO has called it the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century. Have we, as societies, started to adapt to this change, and how? Which countries or groups are adapting fastest? Are differences in adaptation exacerbating existing health inequalities? These are the questions that the EARLY-ADAPT project, funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Joan Ballester, will address over the next five years.
“Our societies are starting to adapt to climate change,” Ballester explains, “but the effectiveness of these early adaptations varies from place to place and over time.”
EARLY-ADAPT will undertake a single, integrated analysis of a wide range of different factors (climate, environmental, social, economic and demographic). The aim is to identify the populations that are already adapting to climate change, the extent of that adaptation and the factors that explain the variations observed. The analysis will use data collected since 1980 at different levels, ranging from country level to municipal districts, and each factor will be analysed at its respective level of influence.