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RCGP to stop investing in fossil fuel companies

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 27 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3302
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

The Royal College of General Practitioners has decided to cease any investment in fossil fuels, a key contributor to climate change.

The RCGP is the UK’s largest medical royal college, with more than 52 000 members. It is also a leading member of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and has long recognised the effects that climate change can have on the environment—and its adverse effects on patients’ health.

A spokesperson said that the college invested 4% of its £10.7m (€12m; $14.1) portfolio last year in fossil fuels.

The college’s chair, Helen Stokes-Lampard, said, “Climate change is a clear risk to the health and wellbeing of our patients, with recent research estimating 50 million predicted years of life lost across Great Britain …

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