Sumary of Hundreds of Medical Journals Unite in Urgent Call for Climate Change Action:
- More than 200 prominent medical journals — including The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), The Lancet, and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) — have banded together this month in issuing an emergency call to action to address climate change.
- The joint statement, published in NEJM, warns that rapidly rising global temperatures could bring “catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.
- ”“Despite the world’s necessary preoccupation with COVID-19, we cannot wait for the pandemic to pass to rapidly reduce emissions,” write the scientists who authored the editorial.
- ” To avoid this, leaders are urged make every effort to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degree celsius (2.7 degrees F).