The Huffington Post | By Lydia O’Connor
Posted: 06/23/2015 10:04 pm EDT Updated: 06/24/2015 9:59 am EDT

The loss of natural habitats and biodiversity often take center stage in reports about climate change, but a major new study highlights the direct effects that heat waves, droughts and flooding will have on human health over the next century.

The study, published Monday in British medical journal The Lancet, provides new insight into widespread health risks related to climate change.

“The implications of climate change for a global population of 9 billion people threatens to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health,” the study warns, noting that “human populations are likely to be growing, aging, and migrating towards greater vulnerability to climate risks.”