MJA: Climate change is harmful to our health: taking action will have many benefits

MJA: Climate change is harmful to our health: taking action will have many benefits

With the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) now underway, Associate Professor Linda Selvey’s Perspectives article on the health impacts of global warming in the Medical Journal of Australia is both timely and compelling.

The article states that a failure to reach an international agreement to keep global warming to 2 degrees Celsius will have far- reaching consequences for human health both in Australia and globally.

Yet despite the potential adverse consequences for health, to date these have been largely ignored.

The Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health report, released in June 2015, however, seeks to correct this omission. The report highlights the potential health benefits that would flow from reducing carbon emissions, and concludes that “tackling climate change could be the greatest health opportunity of the 21st century”.

Associate Professor Linda Selvey is a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia.

Climate change is harmful to our health: taking action will have many benefits, appeared in The MJA 203 (10), 16 November 2015. You can read the full article HERE:

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