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Analysis And Comment Contraction and convergence

Healthy response to climate change

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1385

Name of the patient: Planet Earth (PE)

PE is running a temperature for some time and has suffered high
stress levels recently, Tsunammi, Katrina? Self neglect and "excess"
heaped on itself are apt descriptions of the condition. Gases are at
380ppm (normal 280ppm) and rising, 450ppm is critical.This seems to have
lytic effects on ice caps and can cause 'pulmonary oedema' from rising sea
levels, likely to rise by 6 or 7 meters.It seems a feedback loop is also
at work as melting ice/water retains more heat. More fever, more stress- a
vulnerable state when even innocuous can turn nasty and cause blazing
fires. Time to act chaps !

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

10 June 2006
Mathew K Jose
Consultant Physician
Kochi,India 682018