Bianca is a freelance science journalist, broadcaster and author, who is yet to meet a piece of research she doesn’t find fascinating. In nearly a decade of freelance reporting, she has written for publications including Scientific American, The Australian, Ecos magazine, Australian Doctor, Medicine Today and the ABC’s health, science and environment websites.
She is also author of The End: The Human Experience Of Death and co-author of The Sixth Wave: How To Succeed In A Resource-Limited World.
As citizens living in a developed economy, we have a certain level of control over our health. Most of us have access to medicines, treatments and health services designed to cure our ills, or at least minimise pain. But what will happen to our relatively healthy way-of-life under climate change? What good, for example, would a painkiller be in the face of a prolonged heatwave?
While much of the public discourse about climate change has focused on environmental changes – carbon dioxide concentrations, increasing global average temperatures, melting polar ice, rising sea levels – it seems we’ve overlooked a very important issue: the threat to human health. Read more.