On October 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) and about three-quarters of global health care workers called on governments to step up climate action at the United Nations Summit on climate change for the 26th edition (COP26), and argues that this could save millions of lives each year.

Logo outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO). Photo: Reuters.

WHO report on climate change and health calls for transformative action across all sectors including energy, transport and finance, says public health benefits of ambitious climate actions far beyond cost.

“The burning of fossil fuels is killing us. Climate change is the biggest health threat facing humanity,” the WHO said on October 11.

Previously, WHO put the number of about 13.7 million deaths each year, or 24.3% of the global total, due to environmental risks such as air pollution and chemical exposure.

It’s not clear exactly how much of it is directly related to climate change, but Dr Maria Neira, Director-General of WHO’s Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health says, around 80% of cases Air pollution deaths can be prevented through compliance with this organization’s guidelines.

Climate change is also causing a number of infectious diseases such as dengue and malaria, which cause deaths in some poor areas, said Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, WHO’s climate change officer. best of the world.

The WHO report published to coincide with a letter endorsed by more than 400 health authorities representing more than 45 million nurses, doctors and health professionals also called for climate action.

“Pediatricians are speaking out because we know that human health and climate health are one,” said Dr.

Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council recognized the right to a clean and healthy environment as a fundamental human right, adding weight to the fight against climate change.

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