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Urgent Action Needed To Respond To Climate Change’s Impact On Health

The Lancet: Counting down to climate change
Editorial Board

“Climate change is commonly discussed in the context of its future impact, but the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change … exposes the urgency for a response as environmental changes cause damaging effects on health worldwide now. The comprehensive review describes the first results of a global initiative, which will annually report on indicators of climate change and its effects on health. One alarming finding is how rising temperatures have influenced the transmission of infectious diseases. … The message of this report is clear: urgent action is needed now. … Now is the time to build on the small achievements made by some countries and perpetuate engagement to reach political consensus in the race against anthropogenic climate change” (11/4).

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