We are experiencing a destabilisation of our climate, with global average temperatures now 1oC higher than pre-industrial levels. This is accompanied by increased climate extremes – including extended and more severe heatwaves, severe floods, storms and droughts, and increased and more severe wildfires – while rising sea levels are already threatening the homelands of some Pacific Island nations and some Torres Strait Islanders.

Climate change is also leading to the spread of some infectious diseases from warmer to more temperate regions, while rising sea levels are causing salt incursions into groundwater, affecting the ability of low-lying nations to grow food. Ultimately, as temperatures rise, more and more human systems will come under stress.

Policy makers and NGO's are making decisions that can utimately impact the health of populations across the globe. Our research aims to investigate how these changes are affecting our health and ensure decision makers are making informed decisions.