Climate change and human survival

Screen shot 2014-03-28 at 13.49.04Even the British Medical Journal is talking about climate change.

“The IPCC has already concluded that it is ‘virtually certain that human influence has warmed the global climate system’ and … its new report outlines the future threats of… increased scarcity of food and fresh water; extreme weather events; rise in sea level; loss of biodiversity; areas becoming uninhabitable; and mass human migration, conflict and violence. Leaked drafts talk of hundreds of millions displaced.”

Further details are listed at length.

As the BMJ puts it, “This is an emergency.”

“Immediate and transformative action is needed at every level.”

“What we all do matters… Those who profess to care for the health of people perhaps have the greatest responsibility to act. ”

“We should all respond. Such action not only limits the threats of climate change, but could offer a health dividend, including potentially large financial savings for health systems. More active forms of transport and the consumption of less red meat will cut death and illness from cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Less air pollution will cut the global burden of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, and heart disease.”

The crisis truly is an opportunity.

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