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Turn up heat on climate debate

It is time for healthcare staff to speak out about the dangers of global warming on people’s health, before it is too late.
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It is time for healthcare staff to speak out about the dangers of global warming on people’s health, before it is too late.

That global warming is a reality is accepted by all but the most die-hard naysayers. Indeed, it is such a concern that, in December 2015, Paris hosted the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Speaking at the World Health Assembly in May 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) director general Margaret Chan said: ‘The phrase “mega-disaster” entered the humanitarian vocabulary following record-breaking earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, droughts and floods. Warnings about the consequences of climate change got louder.

‘It is reassuring to see that human beings are now recognised as the most important species threatened by climate change. Human health has been sidelined in climate talks for far too long. WHO estimates of deaths associated with

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