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Health effects of climate change highlighted in Paris Agreement

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6885 (Published 18 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6885
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  1. John Vidal
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The United Nations’ Paris agreement on climate change has put health at the centre of the effort to control global warming and has sent a message to all countries saying that a reduction in fossil fuel burning will reduce illness.

The agreement, which binds countries to hold temperature rises to “well below” 2°C, was welcomed by the World Health Organization and thousands of health professionals.

Health is mentioned three times in the core text of the agreement, which refers to the “co-benefits” of tackling health and climate change at the same time.

Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO, said, “Many of the same inefficient and …

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