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WHO calls on countries to protect health from climate change

The upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-21) in Paris offers the world an important opportunity to not only reach a strong international climate agreement, but also to protect the health of current and future generations. WHO considers the Paris treaty to be a significant public health treaty – one that has the potential to save lives worldwide.  
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almost 4 years ago
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Combating climate change

The second half of the 20th century brought renewed understanding of the links between human wellbeing and environmental systems. In 1988 the United Nations formed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), charged with documenting the effects of climate change and formulating realistic strategies for action. Its first report led to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992. Unfortunately, since then neither humanity nor the planet have fared well. The Stockholm Resilience Centre has identified nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can develop and continue to thrive,1 and we have already crossed five. These are extinction rates, greenhouse gas emissions, change in land use, phosphorous and nitrogen cycles, and ocean acidification. In addition, we are pushing at the limits of three more—fresh water supply, air pollution, and novel pollutants.  
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almost 4 years ago
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Paris climate change talks: what doctors need to know

This year’s UN climate summit is the culmination of 20 years of intense talks to reach a new agreement to tackle global warming. It will be judged a success if the 196 countries going to Paris next week deliver a new, legally binding treaty committing all countries to reduce, or to cap, their greenhouse gas emissions. If it also manages to get them to increase their ambition enough to hold global temperatures to a maximum increase of 2°C by 2030 it will be seen as a historic deal likely to set the world on a clean energy path. Expectations are high because the climate situation seems to be worsening. This year has been marked by the highest average global temperatures, the …  
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almost 4 years ago
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Lyme disease: time for a new approach?

Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in North America and Europe, with 300 000 new cases in the United States1 and an estimated 100 000 new cases in Europe each year.2 These numbers are likely to be underestimates because case reporting is inconsistent3 and many infections go undiagnosed.4 Climate change may have contributed to a rapid increase in tick borne diseases, with migratory birds disseminating infected ticks.5  
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almost 4 years ago
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COP21: Cardinal says birth control may offer climate 'solution' - BBC News

One of the Catholic Church's most senior prelates has said that birth control could "offer a solution" to the impacts of climate change.  
bbc.co.uk
almost 4 years ago
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Health effects of climate change highlighted in Paris Agreement

The United Nations’ Paris agreement on climate change has put health at the centre of the effort to control global warming and has sent a message to all countries saying that a reduction in fossil fuel burning will reduce illness.  
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over 3 years ago
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Health effects of climate change highlighted in Paris Agreement

The United Nations’ Paris agreement on climate change has put health at the centre of the effort to control global warming and has sent a message to all countries saying that a reduction in fossil fuel burning will reduce illness.  
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over 3 years ago
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Debate Over Physician-Assisted Dying at 'Turning Point'

Several editorials in the special JAMA issue dedicated to death and dying point to a climate change in opinions about physician-assisted dying.  
medscape.com
over 3 years ago
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NHS hits target on reducing carbon emissions

The NHS reduced its carbon emissions by 11% from 2007 to 2015, exceeding the 10% target set in 2009, although it is unlikely to meet long term goals on climate change if the pace of change does not improve.  
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over 3 years ago
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Climate change deal: 'Zero carbon' laws promised by government - BBC News

Climate laws will be tightened to cut carbon emissions effectively to zero, the government says.  
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over 3 years ago
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NHS is unprepared for risks posed by climate change, warn leading UK health bodies

A newly formed coalition of leading UK health bodies has written to England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to urge that the NHS should be better prepared to deal with climate change risks.  
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over 3 years ago
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Climate Change Threatens Hearts, Lungs But Also Brains - U.S. Study

Climate change can be expected to boost the number of annual premature U.S. deaths from heat waves in coming decades and to increase mental health problems from extreme weather like hurricanes and floods, a U.S. study said on Monday.  
medscape.com
over 3 years ago
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What Are the Mental Health Effects of Climate Change?

Dr Peter Yellowlees discusses a recent opinion article highlighting the importance of climate change in psychiatry and its potential effects on mental health.  
medscape.com
over 3 years ago
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ACP Urges Physicians to Step up Climate Change Fight

Climate change poses a catastrophic risk to human health, and physicians have a crucial role to play in fighting it, according to a position paper from the American College of Physicians.  
medscape.com
over 3 years ago