Millions of lives could be saved if global warming were contained, the World Health Organization said on Monday, pressing its COP26 Summit to take serious action to address climate change to improve public health around the world.
“The burning of fossil fuels is killing us,” declared an 82-page report by the World Health Organisation.
Ten recommendations issued by WHO call upon COP negotiators to put health at the centre of the summit and commit themselves to a green recovery of Covid-19.
Countries need to make ambitious national climate commitments to promote a healthy recovery from the crisis of Covid-19, the report noted.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the intimate and delicate links between humans, animals and our environment,”Tedros Adhanom
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the intimate and delicate links between humans, animals and our environment,” says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-26) will take place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.
Air pollution, most of all the result of burning fossil fuels, accounts for 13 deaths per minute internationally, and the benefits of ambitious climate change mitigation measures for public health would considerably outweigh the cost.