As planet approaches red zone, doctors must act

AS THE environmental plight of the planet edges steadily towards the red zone, the promise of the climate change talks in Paris in December must eclipse the disappointment of Copenhagen.

The environmental and health consequences of unrestrained fossil fuel usage are now so established that further delay in addressing the problem is both ethically and economically indefensible.

Air pollution caused an estimated seven million deaths across the globe in 2012. In China, where 2836 million tonnes of coal was consumed in 2014, 50% of all coal consumed worldwide, the problem has reached a