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Letters Climate change

Politicians must heed health effects of climate change

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 15 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3672
  1. Victor Lim, master1,
  2. Joseph W Stubbs, president2,
  3. Nazmun Nahar, president3,
  4. Naomali Amarasena, president4,
  5. Zafar Ullah Chaudry, president5,
  6. Steven Chow Kim Weng, president6,
  7. Bongani Mayosi, president7,
  8. Zephne van der Spuy, president8,
  9. Raymond Liang, president9,
  10. Kar Neng Lai, president10,
  11. Geoffrey Metz, president11,
  12. G William N Fitzgerald, president12,
  13. Brian Williams, president13,
  14. Neil Douglas, president14,
  15. John Donohoe, president15,
  16. Somwang Darnchaivijir, president16,
  17. Patrick Coker, president17,
  18. Ian Gilmore, president18
  1. 1Academy of Medicine Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  2. 2American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  3. 3Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  4. 4Ceylon College of Physicians, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  5. 5College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan
  6. 6College of Physicians of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  7. 7College of Physicians of South Africa, Rondebosch, South Africa
  8. 8Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, Rondebosch, South Africa
  9. 9Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Hong Kong, SAR China
  10. 10Hong Kong College of Physicians, Hong Kong, SAR China
  11. 11Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  12. 12Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  13. 13Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Glasgow
  14. 14Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  15. 15Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  16. 16Royal College of Physicians of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
  17. 17West African College of Physicians, Lagos, Nigeria
  18. 18Royal College of Physicians of London, London NW1 4LE
  1. Ian.Gilmore{at}

    The report on climate change and health commissioned by University College London and the Lancet concludes: “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.”1 In this report, the authors emphasise not only the immediacy and gravity of this threat but also the directness: while the poorest in the world will be …

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