Climate Change Emergency Links
Climate and Health Council
This UK council informs about issues related to climate change and global health, offers leadership on carbon-reducing actions, mobilizes health professionals to act as advocates for a healthy climate, develops and supports new programs (see The Time for Action is Now), and disseminates key information. Be sure to sign onto their Pledge.
Campaign Against Climate Change — Climate Emergency Campaign
Campaign Against Climate Change in the UK has begun a Climate Emergency Campaign, calling for powerful national campaigns to force governments to act. Their campaign is demanding emergency action on climate, including urging elected officials to sign onto an Early Day Motion (a statement made by members of parliament — sometimes the first stage in the genesis of an actual piece of legislation — that other MPs can show their support for) that includes calls for these strong actions:
- A ZERO CARBON BRITAIN BY 2030 - with real carbon cutting solutions that take into account the embedded carbon in the UK's imports and the impact of the UK on ecosystems worldwide.
- 10% CUT IN EMISSIONS BY THE END OF 2010 - or within one year.
- A MILLION CLIMATE JOBS - by the end of 2010 or within one year - through a GREEN ENERGY REVOLUTION with massive investment in renewable energy, insulation programs, improved public transport etc.
- BANNING DOMESTIC FLIGHTS - building a better train/coach network.
- 55 MILE AN HOUR SPEED LIMIT - and ending the roads program.
- EXPANDED PUBLIC TRANSPORT - massive investment in public transport.
- END AGROFUEL USE - and eliminate the demand for products associated with rainforest destruction.
- GOVERNMENT INFORMATION PROGRAM - massive campaign to inform the public of the scale of the climate threat - booklet in every home, regular TV info, etc.
"Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases. To help the world succeed, CO2Now.org makes it easy to see the most current CO2 level and what it means. So, use this site and keep an eye on CO2. Invite others to do the same. Then we can do more to send CO2 in the right direction."
Changing the Chemistry of the Atmosphere
An accurate, complete and easy to follow explanation of greenhouse gases — and our impacts on them. Section 1 of the Climate Policy Design Pro-Series by Holmes Hummel, PhD.
Climate and Energy: Uncertainties in Forecasts and the Problems of Scale
A lecture and slide show at MIT by Ronald G. Prinn, SCD. From the website: "When Ron Prinn spins one 'Wheel of Fortune,' he arrives at a one in four chance of the Earth warming up at least 3 degrees centigrade, and the beginning of an irreversible melting of polar ice sheets. When he spins the other wheel, the odds of this level of dangerous warming fall to one in 40. The first wheel, Prinn suggests, represents the risks involved in doing nothing about climate change. The second wheel is attainable only by enacting a climate policy that stabilizes carbon dioxide levels in the near future."
Climate Emergency News
An excellent, regularly updated blog on what we are doing to the world's climate and what we need to be doing to restore planetary health. Focuses on global and Australian climate news.
Australian Medical Association
A link to the AMA's May 2004 backgrounder (revised in 2008), Climate Change and Human Health.
British Medical Association
Provides a link to the BMA's Health Professionals Taking Action on Climate Change webpages.
Physicians for Social Responsibility
A link to PSR's Global Warming and Health webpage.
The Health Practitioner's Guide to Climate Change: Diagnosis and Cure, edited by Jenny Griffiths, Mala Rao, Fiona Adshead and Allison Thorpe
A book for anyone involved in health care provision that
- provides an introduction for health practitioners and students to climate change and its current and future health impacts
- describes the relationship between health and the environment
- gives facts and figures on greenhouse gas emissions
- sets out the huge benefits to health of acting on climate change
- explains what health practitioners can do — at home, at work and in their organizations, and
- shows how they can support action in communities, nationally and globally
Health Care Without Harm's Global Climate and Health Resource Center
This alliance of health care professionals and organizations "works to transform the health care sector so that it is no longer a source of harm to human health and the environment." You can subscribe to their News Service on climate change and health care issues "to keep you informed on the latest developments, trends, resources and events around the world."
World Medical Association
Includes a link to the WMA's Delhi Declaration on Health and Climate.
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