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Climate Change

Climate change raises risk of pandemics, medical journals warn

Ahead of COP 26, journals call for green recovery support for poorer nations

TOKYO -- Over 220 medical journals have come together to publish a joint editorial calling for governments to do more about preventing the devastating impacts of climate change, warning that environmental harm is the "greatest threat to global public health" ahead of the UN General Assembly this month.

This is likely to be the first time that the same editorial is published by hundreds of medical journals, according to the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC), which led the initiative. "This shows the strength of the worldwide concern of health professionals about the threat of climate change to health," Laurie Laybourn-Langton, senior adviser at the UKHACC, who also co-wrote the editorial, told Nikkei Asia.

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