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Why Health Systems Need a Climate Reckoning

What tobacco is to personal health, greenhouse gas emissions are to planetary health. Decades after recognizing their danger, humans continue to emit over 50 billion tons of CO2 a year. The 2022 UN International Panel on Climate Change report, “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,” is unequivocal in stating that human-caused emissions have pushed us into a climate crisis. We still have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes if we act quickly. And for public health professionals, this course correction needs to begin in our own backyard with commitments to addressing the climate consequences of health systems.

 

Read the full article on tackling waste, CO2 emissions, and energy consumption in medicine by Luke Shors (President at Capture6).

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