Why is this important: This is the first time that so many publications have come together to issue such a joint statement to world leaders, underscoring the gravity of the situation – with the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Lancet and the British Medical Journal among those who have issued the warning.
- Ahead of the November UN General Assembly and Cop26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, newspapers warned: “The greatest threat to global public health is the continued failure of world leaders to maintain increasing global temperature below 1.5 ° C and restoring nature. ”
Threat level: ” Health is already being damaged by the increase in global temperature and the destruction of the natural world, ”says the editorial, also published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the International Nursing Review, the Chinese Science Bulletin and the Revista de Saude Publica from Brazil.
- “Despite the world’s necessary concern for Covid-19, we cannot wait for the pandemic to pass to reduce emissions quickly. “
A noter : World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement ahead of the editorial that “the risks posed by climate change could eclipse those of a single disease.”
- “We will end the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is no vaccine for the climate crisis,” Tedros added.
- The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said last month that global warming could reach 1.5 ° C (2.7 ° F) above pre-industrial levels by 2030.
Inventory: The editorial reports that heat-related mortality in people over 65 has increased by more than 50% over the past 20 years.
- Global warming has also had an impact on agricultural production, “hampering efforts to reduce undernutrition,” write the journal’s editors.
“Higher temperatures have resulted in increased dehydration and loss of kidney function, skin malignancies, tropical infections, mental health issues, pregnancy complications, allergies, and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. and pulmonary. “
The bottom line: “The science is unequivocal: a global increase of 1.5 ° C above the pre-industrial average and the continued loss of biodiversity risk catastrophic damage to health that will be impossible to reverse,” warns the editorial.