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Climate change is a health emergency

It’s nearly 30 years since Eric Chivian and three other Harvard faculty members won the Nobel peace prize for their work as founders of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. At its height IPPNW had a membership of 250 000 doctors from 80 countries. Its leaders spoke directly to the world’s leaders and to the public, helping them to understand the terrible things that happen to people’s bodies and lives when nuclear bombs explode. As Chivian says in a BMJ essay this week, the aim was to help people grasp what a nuclear war would really be like, so that politicians and the public would do everything in their power to prevent such a war from happening (doi:10.1136/bmj.g2407).  
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over 5 years ago
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Climate change and human survival

Next week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will publish its report on the impacts of global warming. Building on its recent update of the physical science of global warming,1 the IPCC’s new report should leave the world in no doubt about the scale and immediacy of the threat to human survival, health, and wellbeing.  
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over 5 years ago
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Will climate change cost the Earth? - The Naked Scientists

Naked Scientists - 13th Oct 2014 - Will climate change cost the Earth?  
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almost 5 years ago
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Obama warns of climate change threat to public health

Climate change poses a threat to the health of all Americans, President Barack Obama said on 7 April, citing the dangers posed by deteriorating air quality associated with higher temperatures, more extreme weather, and the spread of insect-borne diseases that previously have been confined to nations further south. “All of our families are going to be vulnerable. You can’t cordon yourself off from air or from the climate,” the president said.  
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over 4 years ago
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Climate change affects human health, ATS membership survey shows

The American Thoracic Society has published the results of a survey of the ATS membership on climate change which found that the majority of ATS members believe that climate change is real and...  
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over 4 years ago
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Scientists warn that Paris summit is last chance to prevent fatal temperature rise

The earth can be saved from catastrophic climate change but only if bold action leads to a global agreement at the climate summit in Paris in December, leading climate scientists have said.  
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over 4 years ago
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Steps to combat climate change would also improve human health, commission says

Climate change provides an opportunity to make big improvements in human health, because the changes needed to counter it will clean the air, encourage more active lives, rebuild cities in a more humane way, and improve the diet of those who live in them, a new report concludes.  
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about 4 years ago
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Steps to combat climate change would also improve human health, commission says

Climate change provides an opportunity to make big improvements in human health, because the changes needed to counter it will clean the air, encourage more active lives, rebuild cities in a more humane way, and improve the diet of those who live in them, a new report concludes.  
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about 4 years ago
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Contribution of behavioural science to antibiotic stewardship

The prospect of a world without effective antibiotics has galvanised public and professional opinion on the need to conserve our precious, shared resource of effective antimicrobials.1 Unfortunately, how to do this most effectively is far from clear. Just as with climate change, the threat seems for most people to be largely societal and in the future—exemplifying the so called “tragedy of the commons” (where individual action to maximise personal benefit results in harm to the interests of the population as a whole2). While many people are already experiencing the negative consequences of antimicrobial resistance, taking remedial action has perceived adverse consequences now, with many patients wanting the strongest possible antibiotic to cure their current infection.  
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about 4 years ago
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Climate change and human survival

Next week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will publish its report on the impacts of global warming. Building on its recent update of the physical science of global warming,1 the IPCC’s new report should leave the world in no doubt about the scale and immediacy of the threat to human survival, health, and wellbeing.  
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about 4 years ago
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The debate over digital technology and young people

Through appearances, interviews, and a recent book1 Susan Greenfield, a senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, has promoted the idea that internet use and computer games can have harmful effects on the brain, emotions, and behaviour, and she draws a parallel between the effects of digital technology and climate change. Despite repeated calls for her to publish these claims in the peer reviewed scientific literature, where clinical researchers can check how well they are supported by evidence, this has not happened, and the claims have largely been aired in the media. As scientists working in mental health, developmental neuropsychology, and the psychological impact of digital technology, we are concerned that Greenfield’s claims are not based on a fair scientific appraisal of the evidence, often confuse correlation for causation, give undue weight to anecdote and poor quality studies, and are misleading to parents and the public at large.  
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about 4 years ago
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Climate Change: Making Waves? - The Naked Scientists

Naked Scientists - 14th Sep 2015 - Climate Change: Making Waves?  
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almost 4 years ago
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Diesel in the dock

The recent revelations that, apparently from 2008,1 Volkswagen installed software in its diesel cars to evade US emissions tests has thrown a spotlight both on corporate responsibility and on the dual environmental challenges of outdoor air pollution and climate change. The failure of regulators to detect this breach of regulations calls into question society’s collective commitment to tackling air pollution and suggests that policies to address climate change and air pollution must be harmonised.  
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almost 4 years ago
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New report identifies four ways to reduce health risks from climate pollutants

A new WHO report highlights the urgent need to reduce emissions of black carbon, ozone and methane - as well as carbon dioxide – which all contribute to climate change. Black carbon, ozone and methane – frequently described as short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) - not only produce a strong global warming effect, they contribute significantly to the more than 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution.  
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almost 4 years ago