January 26, 2022

Report: More Than 200 Health Journals Call For Urgent Action on Climate Crisis

From The Guardian:

More than 200 health journals worldwide are publishing an editorial calling on leaders to take emergency action on climate change and to protect health.

The British Medical Journal said it is the first time so many publications have come together to make the same statement, reflecting the severity of the situation.


The editorial will appear in the BMJ, the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, the East African Medical Journal, the Chinese Science Bulletin, the National Medical Journal of India, the Medical Journal of Australia, and 50 BMJ specialist journals including BMJ Global Health and Thorax.

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From CNN:

It warned that an increase of global average temperatures of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and the loss of biodiversity risked “catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.” Governments around the world are laying out plans to try to contain global warming to 1.5°C to stave off worsening impacts of climate change, a target that the editorial said did not go far enough to protect public health. Warming is already at around 1.2°C.

The editorial was published as a call to action ahead of a several meetings between global leaders to discuss and negotiate action on the climate crisis, including the UN General Assembly next week, a biodiversity conference in Kunming, China, in October and crucial climate talks in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November.

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Resources and Full Text Editorial

Climate Crisis: Over 200 Health Journals Urge World Leaders To Tackle “Catastrophic Harm” (via BMJ)

Direct to Complete Editorial: Call for Emergency Action to Limit Global Temperature Increases, Restore Biodiversity, and Protect Health (via BMJ)

Direct to Full List of Authors and Signatories (via BMJ)

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