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Australian Medical Association labels climate change ‘a health emergency’

Australian Medical Association labels climate change ‘a health emergency’, SBS, 3 Sept 19 The Australian Medical Association has joined other international medical groups in recognising climate change as a “health emergency”.  The Australian Medical Association says the evidence on climate change is irrefutable and warns there will be more deaths from heat stress, severe weather events, hunger and disease.The AMA Federal Council declared at its meeting in Canberra that, “climate change is real and will have the earliest and most severe health consequences on vulnerable populations around the world, including in Australia and the Pacific region”.

The AMA has joined other international health organisations, including the American Medical Association, the British Medical Association, and Doctors for the Environment Australia, in labelling it a “health emergency”.

“The Federal Council recognises climate change as a health emergency, with clear scientific evidence indicating severe impacts for our patients and communities now and into the future,” the federal council says……..

Dr Bartone said the AMA was calling on the federal government to adopt several measures, including “mitigation targets” on carbon and policies that promote transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

September 5, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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