Doctors’ Orders

Cartoon by Alex Bowman

The editors of over 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that climate change is a health issue and that its effects could become “catastrophic” if world leaders don’t do more to address it. The health impacts of climate change include wildfire smoke–which has been linked to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases–and pollutants from oil refineries and chemical plants, which have been shown to cause respiratory, neurological, and cardiac problems.

The statement comes as the COP26 conference in Glasgow quickly approaches, where delegates from over 200 countries will gather for climate discussions.

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