WHO agrees plan to speed up research on risk to human health from climate change

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 14 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2081
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The World Health Organization has agreed to a plan to speed up research to help governments formulate policies to counter the risks posed by climate change to human health.

    At present scientific research papers about the links between climate change and health are outnumbered by papers about air pollution by almost eight times, the agency said, at the end of a meeting in Madrid attended by more than 80 leading experts on climate change and health.

    “Member states asked WHO to help them strengthen the evidence base for policy action. This plan provides the framework for doing that. It sets out guidance for governments, research institutions, and donors looking to fill crucial knowledge gaps,” said Margaret Chan, WHO’s director general.

    Maria Neira, the WHO director for public health and environment, told reporters that the agency would …

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