The UK-based BMJ, one of the journals that published the report, dijo eso “never before” had so many health publications come together to make the same statement, “reflecting the severity of the climate change emergency now facing the world.”
The authors also warned that the aim to reach net zero — where the world emits no more greenhouse gases than it removes from the atmosphere — was relying on unproven technology to take gases like carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. They added it was more likely that global warming would surpass 2°C, a threshold that climate scientists say would bring catastrophic extreme weather events, among other impacts to human, animal and plant life.
Simply urging the world and energy industry to transition from fossil fuels to renewables falls short of the action needed to meet the challenge of the climate crisis, ellos dijeron.
The editorial was published as a call to action ahead of a several meetings between global leaders to discuss and negotiate action on the climate crisis, including the UN General Assembly next week, a biodiversity conference in Kunming, porcelana, in October and crucial climate talks in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November.
Among key climate issues expected to be addressed at these events are the 1.5°C target, putting an end date on the use of coal and protecting biodiversity, both on land and sea.
“The greatest threat to global public health is the continued failure of world leaders to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C and to restore nature. Urgent, society-wide changes must be made and will lead to a fairer and healthier world,” the authors wrote.
“Nosotros, as editors of health journals, call for governments and other leaders to act, marking 2021 as the year that the world finally changes course.”