Despite his pandemic coronavirus the world can not postpone the taking of “emergency” measures to address it climate change and the destruction of nature, which threaten human health, are highlighted today in a joint article by the world’s largest scientific reviews.
“Human health has already been affected by rise in world temperature and the destruction of nature, “said the editors-in-chief of 220 scientific journals, including the Lancet, the British Medical Journal and the National Medical Journal of India, according to the Athens News Agency.
Climate Change: The effects of rising Earth temperatures are catastrophic
With the increase of the Earth’s temperature by 1.1 degrees Celsius in relation to the pre-industrial era, the health effects of people are already important.
“The rise in temperature has led to an increase in cases of dehydration and kidney problems, skin cancers, tropical diseases, psychological problems, pregnancy complications, allergies, mortality and morbidity of cardiovascular and pulmonary problems.” in their common central article are scientific reviews.
At the same time, they point out that the reduction of agricultural production has hampered efforts to tackle malnutrition.
Scientific reviews explain that effects of climate change, which affect them more vulnerable (minorities, children, poorer communities), have just begun to emerge.
If the Earth’s temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius, which is expected by 2030, according to a report by experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in August, and biodiversity loss continues, “there is a risk to cause catastrophic and irreversible damage to human health “.
“We can not wait for the pandemic to pass”
“Despite reasonable concern about covid-19, we can not wait for the pandemic to pass to quickly reduce “greenhouse gas emissions,” said the editors-in-chief of the inspections.
“The risks from climate change can overcome them of any disease. “The covid-19 pandemic will end, but what is not yet vaccinated is the climate crisis.” “Greenhouse gases and global warming bring us closer to a healthier and safer future.”
Referring to the “unprecedented” amounts spent during the pandemic, scientific inspections are calling for a large increase in funding for the protection of the planet.
“Better air quality alone can improve health, which will offset the global cost of reducing greenhouse gases,” the authors note.
But in addition to money, they call for “a fundamental change in the way our societies and economies are organized, as well as our way of life”: a reorganization of transport, cities, food production and distribution, financial markets, systems health.
«2021 must be the year that our planet will change course“Our health depends on it,” said Fiona Goldi, editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal.