Climate Change and Global Health

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Lancet confirms that tackling climate change is the greatest opportunity for improving global health. A truly incredible message but not one that has general recognition with climate change “laggards” such as Canada and the United States.  The reason for this lack of recognition may be that most of these health improvements will flow to third world … Read more…

Social Licence

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Jeffrey Simpson, one of our favourite columnists, criticized aboriginals and environmentalists for tying up approvals for major pipeline projects.  He rejects their use of “social licence” objections as irrelevant to the process for the approval of these projects. He suggests that social licence encourages critics to believe that they decide what project “should proceed, when … Read more…

Faith in Technology

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Frequently we read commentary of the sort: “Yes, global warming is occurring.  But humans have proven themselves capable of developing technology to counter physical threats such as climate change.” The element of faith in this statement is amazing.  Because in the past technology has overcome problems we need not fear the future. James Hansen has … Read more…

Achieving a cleaner, more sustainable, and healthier future

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Margaret Chan, the director of the World Health Organization, has delivered a powerful message: climate change causes serious health risks. She urges the health community to join the movement calling for a cleaner. more sustainable future. Ms Chan agreed with the recommendations of the Lancet commission and has promised WHO support for three specific recommendations. First, its … Read more…

GHG’s are also directly harmful to human health!

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Some common short-lived climate pollutants are black carbon, tropospheric ozone and methane. These substances are pollutants, which trap green house gases but also through their pollutant effect damage human health. Globally, 88% of the world’s population breathes air that does not meet the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines.  In 2014, WHO estimated 7 million … Read more…

A World Public Health Crisis is coming!

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The Lancet, the world’s oldest and best known Medical Review Journal,  published an executive summary of the report of its commission calling for emergency actions to tackle the climate health crisis.  The Lancet report was a unique European, Chinese collaborative effort involving experts in the fields of climate, social, political, and environmental science, geography, biodiversity and … Read more…