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‘Urgent action’ on climate change being called for by over 200 health journals

Over 200 health journals are calling for urgent action on climate change and will be publishing an editorial calling on leaders to take emergency action.

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) stated that it’s the first time that so many journals have come together to make the statement.

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The editorial states, “Ahead of these pivotal meetings, we – the editors of health journals worldwide – call for urgent action to keep average global temperature increases below 1.5C, halt the destruction of nature, and protect health.”

The editorial is being published ahead of the UN General Assembly and the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

The editorial added that action needs to be taken now and that we cannot wait for the pandemic to end in order to reduce emissions.

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“The science is unequivocal; a global increase of 1.5C above the pre-industrial average and the continued loss of biodiversity risk catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.”

Editor-in-chief of the BMJ Dr. Fiona Godlee said that health professionals are united in warning that going above 1.5C and allowing the continued destruction of nature will bring the next, far deadlier crisis.

“Health professionals have been on the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis and they are united in warning that going above 1.5C and allowing the continued destruction of nature will bring the next, far deadlier crisis.”

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