Methane & Health
Methane affects human health through multiple, interconnected pathways. Methane is a short-lived, powerful greenhouse gas (GHG), that is accelerating global warming and contaminating the air, water, and soil humans depend on. Seizing the opportunity to reduce methane emissions is not only a pivotal step for the health of the planet, but also for the well-being of people. As methane reduction yields positive effects on both the climate and human health, the involvement of health professionals becomes a critical factor in shaping a sustainable and healthier future for us all.
The Global Climate and Health Alliance is launching comprehensive reports on the correlation between methane emissions and public health. With the recognition of methane as a potent greenhouse gas and its intricate relationship with climate change, these reports serve as a critical resource to illuminate the far-reaching health implications caused by methane emissions. Encompassing key emitting sectors including fossil fuels, agriculture, and waste, the reports aim to unveil the multifaceted impact of methane on present and future well-being. By uncovering the potential health risks posed by methane emissions and their link to various sectors, as well as presenting solutions that benefit both climate and health, GCHA endeavors to catalyze informed decision-making, spur targeted mitigation efforts, and advocate for policies that safeguard both the environment and public health on a global scale.
Overview report – This report provides an overview of the impacts and possible solutions in the nexus between methane emissions, climate change and human well-being.
Agriculture – This report unveils the intricate relationship between methane, food systems and planetary health, while suggesting healthy pathways for humans and the planet.
Fossil fuels sector – This report sheds light on the fossil fuel sector methane emissions and their impacts on human health, as well as on the benefits of their definite elimination.