Climate Change in the BMJ - Blogs and Articles
BMJ Climate Change Articles
The BMJ has recently been highlighting the risks of climate change to health in a special spotlight on sustainability and climate change and resource security.
Eight articles appeared in the BMJ's 24th March edition which tied in with the first ever NHS Sustainability Day and also Climate Week. The articles explored various aspects of a changing climate including the science of climate change, the health and security problems associated with global warming and how the geopolitical consequences of climate change are real and imminent.
Click on the links below to see the abstracts and you can read the full text if you are a BMJ member or you have an Athens Log in. Otherwise contact Karl who will happily send you the full text versions.
BMJ Blog - David Pencheon
Dr David Pencheon, Director of the NHS SDU has penned his latest BMJ Blog where he considers how consumption will be the scourge of the planet. David gives a real insight into how health professionals can make a difference to helping manage climate change.
David writes .....
"Tuberculosis used to be (and sometimes still is) the great scourge, causing death and disease on a global scale and changing the course of human history over millennium. It is often called consumption—partly because the disease seems to “consume” the body.
"Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it. The evidence strongly suggests that the biggest global health threat we now face is due to another sort of consumption: unfettered use and disposal of resources that leads to unmanaged climate change; something we understand much more that we care to admit, and certainly in enough detail to warrant much more action. But, as the Nobel Laureate Sherwood Rowland says, “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions, if all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true." Read more here ....
BMJ Blog - Richard Smith
Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ was recently invited to attend SDU Director David
Pencheon’s reception to celebrate his OBE and also to help define sustainable
More than 70 people turned up to the event, which among other things considered
sustainability in the NHS and how we could all work together to help the NHS become a
more sustainable organisation.
In his Blog Richard Smith details how the group were asked to define sustainable
Richard writes ....
At a recent party to honour David Pencheon, head of the NHS Sustainability Unit, we were all invited to have a go at defining sustainable intelligence.
When I was a boy there was only one kind of intelligence. It was tested for in Intelligence Quotient tests, and important decisions were made about us based on how we scored.
Then in 1983 the American psychologist Howard Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligence. We mislead ourselves by thinking, as we often do, that A is more intelligent than B. It’s more likely that A is better than B at some cognitive processes but that there are others where B is better than A. Read more here ....
The world on tilt - Time is running out to stop climate change.
The health impacts and science of climate change - Can we at last accept that the climate is changing, that we are making it happen, and that there are profound implications for us?
Health risks from climate change - Outlining climate change's direct and indirect risks to health.
How the low carbon economy can improve health - Health professionals are uniquely placed to guide the climate change conversation towards policies that are good for the planet and for people.
Politics and Policies - The geopolitical consequences of climate change are real and imminent and an issue for Europe.
Climate change and resource security - Climate change is a key issue for the future of the militaries of the UK and the US, both in how they are run and what they have to do.
Climate Change: What needs to be done - Finding the necessary political will to act is the biggest challenge facing climate policy.
Contraction and convergence - Together they could solve the twin problems of climate change and inequity
Editorial - Will doctors now take a lead on climate change.