Series of studies highlights health benefits of action on climate change

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 25 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5024
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

England’s health secretary, Andy Burnham, has called on his counterparts across the world to highlight the risk that global warming poses to health and to develop “well designed climate change policies that drive health benefits.”

Mr Burnham was responding to a series of six articles published in the Lancet investigating how policies to mitigate against climate change will affect the health and lives of people around the world.

He said, “Climate change can seem a distant, impersonal threat; in fact, the associated costs to health are a very real and present danger.

“This is a landmark year for climate change, with the world coming together at the Copenhagen conference in December. The call to action does not …

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