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Global warming: experts demand urgent action to prevent public health crisis

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 09 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4241
  1. Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan
  1. Marburg, Germany

Inaction on global warming will pose grave public health problems, climate experts have warned.

A report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change1 said that reducing the rise in the global temperature by just half a degree would help prevent major public health problems such as deadly heatwaves, the spread of disease, and poverty.

The review was commissioned by policy makers to report on the potential impact of keeping global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This is 0.5°C lower …

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