The climate cannot wait for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, alert 220 medical journals in an unpublished editorial

The climate emergency remains. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the world cannot delay measures “urgent” to take against global warming and the destruction of nature, which threaten human health, plead Monday, September 6 the main medical journals of the planet, in an unprecedented editorial.

“Health is already impaired by the increase in global temperature and the destruction of nature”, write the editors of some twenty prestigious journals including the Lancet, the British Medical Journal or the National Medical Journal of India. With an increase of around + 1.1 ° C since the pre-industrial era, the consequences on human health are already significant.

“The higher temperatures have led to increased cases of dehydration and kidney problems, malignant skin tumors, tropical infections, mental problems, pregnancy complications, allergies and mortality, and cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity. “, underlines this editorial published in 220 medical journals.

And these consequences, which hit the most vulnerable even harder, are only the beginning, points out this editorial. A warming to + 1.5 ° C -threshold which could be reached around 2030 according to the IPCC expert report published in early August-, and the continued loss of biodiversity “risk causing catastrophic and irreversible damage to health”.

“Despite the legitimate concern for the Covid-19, we cannot wait until the pandemic is over to reduce emissions quickly” greenhouse gases, insist the authors of this call, two months before the crucial UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

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