Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

Pat Wise
December 6, 2018

A report released by the World Health Organization on Wednesday details the public health benefits that could come with tackling the issue.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the climate summit in Poland by issuing a dramatic appeal to world leaders Monday to take seriously the threat of global warming and act boldly to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures before the end of the century.

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The assessment shows over 1 million lives can be saved every year worldwide from air pollution alone by 2050 by meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.

Trying to bring down carbon emissions from human activity is a central goal of the Paris Agreement due to the acknowledgement by experts this is what accelerates climate change, according to CNN.

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Over the next two weeks, delegates will try to finalize a plan to limit global warming, but expectations are low.

Despite the protests, President Macron then announced further taxes on fuel, set to take effect on January 1, 2019, in a move he said was necessary combat climate change and protect the environment, leading to the so-called yellow vest protest movement, which takes its name from the high-visibility jackets participants have adopted as a symbol of their complaint. Climate change is running faster than we are, and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late.

The Paris Agreement is potentially the strongest health agreement of this century, in not only addressing the health risks associated with climate change through mitigation and adaptation mechanisms, but also in helping ensure the attainment of the SDGs, which are integral to good health.

"I am glad that my friend Emmanuel Macron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago", said Trump. We are off-track, we will not reach 2020 with what was promised in Paris.

However, the COP24 gathering is already facing hurdles with a clash of opinions.

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