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Climate change is outpacing response, warn experts

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 29 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5018
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The current slow progress in reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases threatens human lives and could disrupt and overwhelm health services, warns a major report from international experts.1

The warning comes as the Met Office predicts that the UK would experience wetter winters and summers that could be up to 5.4°C hotter by 2070 as a result of climate change.2 Its climate projections say that sea levels in London could rise by up to 1.15 m by 2100 under a high emission scenario.

The report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change, the result of a collaboration of 27 leading academic institutions, the UN, and intergovernmental agencies, …

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