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Improving public health by tackling climate change
© Griffiths; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013
- Received: 10 June 2013
- Accepted: 10 June 2013
- Published: 17 June 2013
Across the world, climate change is now responsible for substantial mortality and morbidity, through direct effects on health and also by threatening the determinants of health. This commentary argues that adaptation policies to enhance resilience to adverse climate events are important, but must be coupled with determined action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The prize is synergy: many such policies, for example concerning food, travel and community engagement, can simultaneously improve physical and mental health.
This is a commentary on http://www.ijhpr.org/content/2/1/23.
- Climate Change
- Extreme Weather Event
- Adaptation Policy
- Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emission
- Severe Climate Change
JG is a former Chief Executive within the National Health Service in England, and more recently an independent public health consultant. She was Moderator of the UK Public Heath Register for some years. She is a writer and activist on health and climate change, including lead editor of The Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change, (2009, Earthscan – see references).
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