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Doctors call on UK to be carbon neutral by 2030

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 20 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l763

Open letter: legislate for carbon net zero by 2030

  1. Harriet Pike
  1. Cambridge

Health professionals from a range of disciplines have called on UK parliamentarians to legislate urgently for the UK to be carbon neutral by 2030.

In an open letter published in The BMJ and the Lancet on 21 February,12 the group asks that laws be brought in to allow the UK to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero levels over the next decade.

The signatories, headed by Robin Stott, co-chair of the Climate and Health Council and a board member of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, warn that the climate crisis has reached a new level of severity, with “increasingly forceful statements” from the Intergovernmental Panel …

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