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Is climate change the greatest threat to global health?

Need to distinguish short term and long term impacts

Is climate change the greatest threat to global health?

A new commentary paper by PhD researcher Andrew Papworth, with Dr Sam Randalls and Professor Mark Maslin, initially published online on 3rd December 2014 by the Geographical Journal, critically questions the argument that climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the twenty-first century.

Their review shows that climate change will not be catastrophic for health over the next 30 years. Other factors, such as poverty and health inequalities, will be more important and in the short term should be the main focus for health professionals.

Climate change mitigation will nevertheless be vitally important to reduce far-future harm. The policymaking community therefore needs to promote interventions that reduce the exposure of populations to climate change, boost their ability to adapt, and reduce health inequalities.

See: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/geoj.12127/abstract


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Andrew Papworth, Sam Randalls and Mark Maslin


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