It is widely believed that a warming world will be a worse world (but see this question for a discussion of the minority view: Could Global Warming be good for life?)
The medical community seems to feel it has a responsibility to do something to help stop warming. But many of their attempts to link warming directly to health seem tenuous if not ridiculous. This news report from the British Medical Journal (BMJ), for example, reports 350,000 climate change deaths a year but as my response to the article points out:
The major causes of death that climate change is supposed to exacerbate are malaria, diarrhoeal disease and malnutrition. As the report point out these deaths are entirely preventable with simple cheap actions (mosquito nets, rehydration solutions and basic dietary supplements). None of these have anything to do with climate change and any effort spent trying to reduce carbon dioxide emission is likely to be millions of times less effective in saving lives than spending on these simple, cheap remedies.
Other articles in the BMJ (e.g. this one by Roberts and Stott) have argued for strong connections between climate change and health and that doctors have a strong responsibility to engage:
Responding to climate change could be the most important challenge that health professionals face.
But all the measures they propose are things that would be good health measures even if global warming was not happening. Again a skeptical response argues:
The authors (Roberts and Stott) seem to want us to focus our public health attention on climate lobbying ("Responding to climate change could be the most important challenge that health professionals face"). This is where being part of a bandwagon starts to damage public health. Every good measure they propose (eat less meat, walk more, drive less) is irrelevant to global warming. We should lobby for those anyway, and might be more effective if we didn't pretend that the climate was involved.
It looks to me as though medics are grasping at straws in an attempt to join the global warming bandwagon. I have a point of view already, but in the spirit of skepticism I ask this question to give space for a proper case to be made: are there any well documented areas where human health will be damaged because of a warmer climate?