Over 200 Medical Journals Call for Urgent Action On Severe Climate Change

Climate Change: Do you know that global warming has been an issue that needs to addressed at any point of time?

The issue of global warming is constantly affecting the entire world. This Monday, various medical experts warned that emergency action on climate change can’t be put on hold while the rest of the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Health is already being harmed by global warming and the destruction of the natural world,” An editorial published in over 200 leading journals stated in last November.

The effect of global climate has been such that temperatures have risen around 1.1 degrees Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) since the pre-industrial era.

The editorial was written by the editors-in-chief over a number of journals including the International Nursing Review, Brazil’s Revista de Saude Publica, the East African Medical Journal and the Lancet. All of them have raised the same theory.

“In the past 20 years, heat-related mortality among people older than 65 years has increased by more than 50 percent,” it read.

“Higher temperatures have brought increased dehydration and renal function loss, dermatological malignancies, tropical infections, adverse mental health outcomes, pregnancy complications, allergies, and cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and mortality.”

The above journals also cumulatively pointed out a reduction in the agricultural production stating, “hampering efforts to reduce undernutrition.”

It also said that such effects caused by the climate change are likely to hit children, minorities and other poor community people in a more adverse way.

Global warming therefore could reach up to +1.5C on pre industrial levels somewhere by 2030, as per the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

It also implies to the continued loss of biodiversity as well. The editorial warned, “risk catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse,” it said.

“Despite the world’s necessary preoccupation with Covid-19, we cannot wait for the pandemic to pass to rapidly reduce emissions.”

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated, “The risks posed by climate change could dwarf those of any single disease.”

“The Covid-19 pandemic will end, but there is no vaccine for the climate crisis.

“Every action taken to limit emissions and warming brings us closer to a healthier and safer future.”

The above editorial further pointed out that a number of governments of different countries met the threat of Covid-19 symptoms with “unprecedented funding”. And so, they called for “a similar emergency response” to the abrupt environmental crisis.

“Better air quality alone would realize health benefits that easily offset the global costs of emissions reductions,” the journal read.

“Governments must make fundamental changes to how our societies and economies are organized and how we live.” the authors also stated.


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