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World Medical Association welcomes report on climate change and health

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 07:48 UTC
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“We physicians, have the opportunity to help the public and decision-makers better understand the health implications of climate change”, said Dr. Xavier Deau “We physicians, have the opportunity to help the public and decision-makers better understand the health implications of climate change”, said Dr. Xavier Deau
The Lancet Commission's findings...“highlights the need for urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions to protect health”. The Lancet Commission's findings...“highlights the need for urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions to protect health”.

The World Medical Association welcomed the Lancet Commission's latest report on climate change, which it says reiterates the serious concerns of physicians that climate change poses an unacceptably high threat to health.

 In particular the WMA strongly supports the report's new estimates of exposure to climate change and human health. It also welcomes the indications that climate change mitigation has the potential to substantially improve public health by reducing the burden of disease from a variety of illnesses, provide economic savings, support sustainable development and advance global equity.

WMA President Dr. Xavier Deau said: 'The Lancet Commission's findings that changes in population distribution and demographic structure over the coming century will put more people in harm's way highlights the need for urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions to protect health.

‘We, physicians, have the opportunity to help the public and decision-makers better understand the health implications of climate change. We can explain how the rapidly emerging risks associated with climate change are connected with individual and community health and we can help develop public understanding of the full scope of the problem, and contribute to relevant and comprehensive responses.

'I would hope that governments across the world will take seriously this report's suggestions for action now and its proposal for a ‘countdown 2030' process to monitor progress over the next 15 years.'

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  • DennisA

    What a load of unsubstantiated eyewash. The Paris gravy train is well under way.

    Jun 24th, 2015 - 09:44 am 0
  • ilsen

    Ultimately people are problem, yet the Pope will not promote birth control. The Catholic Church is vastly responsible for global warming.

    Jun 24th, 2015 - 11:36 am 0
  • ChrisR

    Overpopulation is the real problem.

    We could start by executing 15M Peronistas!

    I take it that he IS a qualified doctor? Does he not realise there are others in the world better qualified than him to spout about Global Warming, oh sorry, Climate Change, oh damn, just tell me what the next made up name is for the likes of Obumma, Camoron, et al to whitter on about.

    Jun 24th, 2015 - 12:48 pm 0
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