In an editorial last year, the BMJ’s editor Fiona Godlee described climate change as “the greatest risk to human health”; more of a risk than either communicable or non-communicable disease. I agree but would add that a) climate change threatens human survival, not just our health; and b) that threat is not limited to humans [...]
A couple of weeks ago Jeffrey Sachs wrote an opinion piece in the Guardian: ‘Western politicians are dire, but we mustn’t despise government’. There’s no denying Sachs is a persuasive writer, but in this case he writes himself into a corner. The examples he marshals together as evidence for why we should despise governments are so compelling [...]
Let’s be honest, global health has its fair share of jet-setters (i.e. academics, policy makers, representatives of international organisations who spend a significant proportion of their time traveling, typically by air). As the United Nations’ gears up for its COP-16 Climate Change conference this November, is there anything our fly-happy travelers can do to help?