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Medical Journals Call for ‘Emergency Action’ to Combat Climate Change

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News Analysis Editors from the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, and hundreds of other medical journals have issued a joint editorial demanding “emergency action” to limit global temperature increases, including greatly increased monetary contributions and emissions cuts from wealthy nations as well as heavy government intervention and greater global coordination. “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,” the editors wrote. The editorial, which was widely covered by left-wing and liberal news outlets such as The Guardian, highlighted multiple public health indicators that the authors said reflected the impact of climate change. But a look at the data suggests the editorial’s case for emergency action may not be compelling. The indicators considered included heat-related deaths among adults 65 years of age or older, which they claim “increased by more …

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