With the coronavirus pandemic still raging and world leaders preparing for a climate summit at the end of the month, an annual report published Wednesday in The Lancet highlights governments\u0026#039; failure to ambitiously address the climate emergency and related health impacts.\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s time to realize that no one is safe from the effects of climate change.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022If nothing else will drive the message home about the present threat that climate change poses to our global society, this should,\u0022 Lachlan McIver, a Doctors Without Borders physician not involved with the new report, told The Washington Post. \u0022Your health, my health, the health of our parents and our children are at stake.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe new \u0022Countdown\u0022 analysis raises alarm about the increasing risk of chikungunya, dengue, malaria, and Zika outbreaks and warns that due to rising seas, hundreds of millions of people face flooding, intense storms, and soil and water salinification that could force mass migration.\r\n\r\nEchoing several studies released in anticipation of the COP 26 summit in Scotland, the report says that \u0022even with overwhelming evidence on the health impacts of climate change, countries are not delivering an adaptation response proportionate to the rising risks their populations face.\u0022\r\n\r\nHowever, in addition to its a \u0022code red\u0022 warning that failing to dramatically cut planet-heating pollution will \u0022lock humanity into an increasingly extreme and unpredictable environment\u0022 and \u0022on the current trajectory, climate change will become the defining narrative of human health,\u0022 the report emphasizes that \u0022the world is faced with an unprecedented opportunity to ensure a healthy future for all.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nExperts from dozens of academic and United Nations institutions collaborated on the report, which tracks 44 indicators sorted into five categories: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerabilities; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement.\r\n\r\n\u0022This is our sixth report tracking progress on health and climate change and unfortunately we are still not seeing the accelerated change we need,\u0022 said lead author Maria Romanello in a statement. \u0022At best the trends in emissions, renewable energy, and tackling pollution have improved only very slightly,\u0022 she continued, describing recent extreme weather exacerbated by rising temperatures as \u0022grim warnings\u0022 of the consequences of delayed action.\r\n\r\nCountdown executive director Anthony Costello noted some of the specific findings: \u0022The 2021 report shows that populations of 134 countries have experienced an increase in exposure to wildfires. Millions of farmers and construction workers could have lost income because on some days it\u0026#039;s just too hot for them to work. Drought is more widespread than ever before.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022But the good news is that the huge efforts countries are making to kick-start their economies after the pandemic can be orientated towards responding to climate change and Covid-19 simultaneously,\u0022 he added. \u0022We have a choice.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRomanello explained that the trillions of dollars that governments are pouring into pandemic recovery provide \u0022an opportunity to take a safer, healthier, low-carbon path,\u0022 but so far less than a fifth of that money is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.\r\n\r\n\u0022We are recovering from a health crisis in a way that\u0026#039;s putting our health at risk,\u0022 she said. \u0022It\u0026#039;s time to realize that no one is safe from the effects of climate change.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe report points out that governments around the globe are still dumping massive amounts of money into subsidies for the oil and gas industry, despite conclusions from climate scientists and energy experts that fossil fuels must stay in the ground for the sake of the planet and human health.\r\n\r\nRecent research and newly released guidelines from the World Health Organization have highlighted how the fossil fuel industry harms humanity by degrading air quality. Advocating for a \u0022low-carbon transition that prioritizes the health of all populations,\u0022 the experts acknowledge that \u0022even in the most affluent countries, people in the most deprived areas overwhelmingly bear the burden of health effects from exposure to air pollution.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Promoting equitable climate change mitigation and universal access to clean energies could prevent millions of deaths annually from reduced exposure to air pollution, healthier diets, and more active lifestyles, and contribute to reducing health inequities globally,\u0022 the report says. \u0022This pivotal moment of economic stimulus represents a historical opportunity to secure the health of present and future generations.\u0022\r\n\r\nNoting the inequitable production and distribution of coronavirus vaccines—due to hoarding by wealthy nations and opposition to policies like waiving intellectual property rights by Big Pharma and policymakers who prioritize corporations over public interest—the experts make clear that \u0022neither Covid-19 nor climate change respect national borders.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Without widespread, accessible vaccination across all countries and societies, [the virus] and its new variants will continue to put the health of everybody at risk,\u0022 the report says. \u0022Likewise, tackling climate change requires all countries to deliver an urgent and coordinated response.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA policy brief aimed at U.S. lawmakers was released alongside the report. It says that the government \u0022must rapidly implement an all-encompassing, evidence-informed response to climate change that prioritizes and optimizes health and equity.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Lowering greenhouse gas emissions is a prescription,\u0022 Renee Salas, an emergency medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital who helped write both documents, told the Post. \u0022The oath I took as a doctor is to protect the health of my patients. Demanding action on climate change is how I can do that.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe report and brief come amid debates in Washington, D.C. about a sweeping package to invest trillions of dollars into climate action and social programs over the next decade. Passage of the Build Back Better legislation is being held up by a few right-wing Democrats.