Doctors must do more to urge action on climate

A recent editorial in the MJA affirms that in moving to put a price on carbon, governments must shield the most disadvantaged from resulting financial impacts, but that it also needs to be remembered the impacts of climate change are likely to disproportionately affect those on lower incomes.

Research just published by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health shows that our children are already suffering from the impact of climate change, through a mixture of extreme weather events and economic impacts. 

Efforts to address climate change are occurring in the context of it having been identified as the ‘greatest threat to health’ by the University College London and the Lancet commissions report released in 2009.

It has been described by the World Health Organization’s director general Dr Margaret Chan as the “defining issue for public health during this century”.

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