Climate change a medical emergency
The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine gains in development and global health over the past 50 years, according to a report published today in the Lancet.The health risk from increasingly frequent and intense heatwaves, droughts and storms, as well as indirect effects such as air pollution and food insecurity has been underestimated, the report authors
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