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Climate action is prescription for better global health: WHO expert

Benefits from meeting Paris goals would 'pay for cost of mitigation'

Climate change activists, doctors and other medical personnel stage a protest in Glasgow during COP26 on Nov. 5.   © Doctors for XR/Gareth Morris via Reuters

GLASGOW -- Climate change and global health are linked inextricably, a key World Health Organization expert explained in an interview, stressing that measures to address the former can help protect the latter -- and potentially even help avert the next pandemic.

"There is strong evidence that human impacts on the natural environment tend to favor outbreaks of epidemics," Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, head of the WHO's climate change unit, told Nikkei Asia on the sidelines of the COP26 conference in Scotland. "If you want to reduce your risk of the next one, then we must protect the natural environment."

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