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WHO and the global health community call for urgent action on the climate crisis

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 12 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2482

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A healthy prescription for a cleaner future

  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent, UK

The World Health Organization is calling for countries to take decisive action at the upcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow as the climate crisis is the single biggest health threat facing humanity.1

WHO’s COP26 special report on climate change and health, The Health Argument for Climate Action, comes as an open letter signed by more than 400 health and medical organisations from around the world also urges governments to step up climate action.2

“Wherever we deliver care, in our hospitals, clinics, and communities around the world, we are already responding to the health harms caused by climate change,” the letter says. “We call on the leaders of every …

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