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Health gains make actions to curb climate change cost neutral, says WHO

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5197 (Published 06 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5197
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London, UK

Millions of lives could be saved if countries keep to global goals for mitigating the effects of climate change, but efforts must be radically stepped up, say experts.

A World Health Organization report said a million lives a year worldwide could be saved by 2050 just through reductions in air pollution linked to burning fossil fuels.

It said that the economic benefits of improving people’s health would be around “double the cost” of fulfilling commitments to curb carbon emissions made under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

WHO delivered a special report on climate change and health at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, on 5 December.1

World leaders, scientists, and government officials have gathered there for discussions, three years after the Paris Agreement set clear …

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