Leaders of US medicine speak out on health effects of climate change

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1339
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

Two of the leaders of US medicine have publicly affirmed their belief that greenhouse gases are the leading cause of climate change, and that human activity is to blame. “It also concerns us that climate change poses enormous health risks,” added Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Dr Benjamin was speaking at a media briefing held on 24 February. With him, answering questions from reporters, was Cecil Wilson, president of the American Medical Association. “The scientific evidence,” he said, “clearly indicates that our climate is changing, air-pollution is increasing, weather is becoming more extreme, and with these changes come public health consequences.”

In a country where …

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