ABC online: Australia's climate change adaptation plan is non-existent


The recently released UK climate plan should be compulsory reading for the Australian Government, because we have no such plan, writes Dr David Shearman who poignantly highlights that: "Considering the lives that will be lost, this is negligence in medical terms. And as a doctor, it concerns me greatly: all doctors recognise the vital need for adaptation to manage the growing health risks of climate change." Read more HERE.

Global efforts to curb climate change are tokenistic given the size of the problem. 

In Australia, there is no government adaptation plan to address the health impacts of climate change. 

Instead, there are different responses by state and territories public health authorities, which are mostly inadequate.

New environmental laws and a climate change adaptation plan are vital to this nation's security, health, economy and environment, and so to our future.

Dr David Shearman is the Honorary Secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Adelaide University.

This article was first published in the ABC online on 1 August 2018. It can be read in full HERE.


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