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Climate crisis: healthcare is a major contributor, global report finds

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 13 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5560

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A prescription for a healthy planet

  1. Raffaella Bosurgi
  1. The BMJ

The global healthcare sector’s carbon footprint is equivalent to 4.4% of global net emissions, making it a major contributor to the climate crisis, a landmark international report1 has found.

If the healthcare sector was a country it would be the fifth largest emitter on the planet, the report by the non-governmental organisation Health Care Without Harm and the consultancy firm Arup found.

The report, launched at the Wellcome Trust in London on 10 September, analysed spending and other data from 43 …

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