As the world struggles with the global Covid 19 pandemic, global warming is already having significant repercussions on human health, so it cannot be halted to implement urgent action on climate change.

“Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world,” ran an editorial written by the editors in charge of more than a dozen journals including the Lancet, East African Medical Journal, Brazil’s Revista de Saude Publica, and the International Nursing Review in the run-up to the Cop26 climate summit in November.

Temperatures have gone up 1.1 degrees Celsius since the pre-industrial era.

The editorial, which has been written by the editors of more than a decade-long journals such as Lancet, East African Medical Journal, Revista de Saude Publica and International Nursing Review, suggests that this has caused a plethora of health problems.

In current conditions, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global warming could reach + 1.5 ° C at preindustrial levels by 2030, which does not take account of current global warming patterns.

“The risks posed by climate change could dwarf those of any single disease.”Tedros Adhanom

Preliminary to the editorial’s publication, World Health Organization Chief Executive Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “The risks posed by climate change could dwarf those of any single disease.”

They warned that this impact, which has the greatest impact on the most vulnerable like minorities, children and poor communities, is only the start.

Climate change

Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. (wikipedia)

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The Lancet

The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. It is among the world’s oldest and best-known general medical journals. It was founded in 1823 by Thomas Wakley, (wikipedia)

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution, (wikipedia)

Effects of climate change

The effects of climate change span the physical environment, ecosystems and human societies. They also include the economic and social changes which stem from living in a warmer world. (wikipedia)

World Health Organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization is a leading organization involved in the global coordination for mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, (wikipedia)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations mandated to provide objective scientific information relevant to understanding human-induced climate (wikipedia)