New JRF reports: Care provision fit for a future climate and Public health in a changing climate

By Editor on 18th May 2016

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has released two reports on the effect of a changing climate in care settings and on public health. Care provision fit for a future climate is one of the first studies to examine the risks of overheating in the UK care sector.  The study found that there are already overheating risks in care homes today, which will be exacerbated by climate change.  It recommends that designers, development teams, care home managers and staff need to recognise that excessive heat as well as cold can be a health risk.  It also recommends enhanced regulations, standards and guidance from key national health and care bodies and central Government.  The study has been used in the forthcoming National Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017.  More... 

Public health in a changing climate considers how shifting public health from primary care trusts to local authorities has affected efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change in areas vulnerable to climate hazards. The report examines barriers and opportunities for action and makes recommendations for achieving progress at both local and national level. It found that although many health departments were taking climate action, this was often by individuals championing initiatives, rather than being strategy-driven.  Local authority budgetary cuts and the fact that action on climate change is largely non-statutory and its effects generally longer term has meant that climate change was seldom regarded as a priority.  More...