Failure to agree a new UN climate deal in December will bring a "global health catastrophe", say 18 of the world's professional medical organisations.Because doctors haven’t got enough to do, I suppose…
Writing in The Lancet and the British Medical Journal, they urge doctors to "take a lead" on the climate issue.This is what doctors put themselves through medical school for?
Or is it the type of doctor who’d really rather not do any of that doctoring stuff, but prefers to sit in a cosy office, ‘administering’ people and things?
I suspect the latter:
The current Lancet and BMJ editorial that accompanies the letter from doctors' organisations argues that climate change strengthens the cases that health and development charities are already championing.And would you like a pony with that too?
Written by Lord Michael Jay, who chairs the health charity Merlin, and Professor Michael Marmot of UCL, the editorial argues that there are plenty of "win-win solutions" available.
"A low-carbon economy will mean less pollution. A low carbon-diet (especially eating less meat) and more exercise will mean less cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
"Opportunity, surely, not cost."
Seriously, I think someone who obviously rubs his hands with glee at the thought of a regressive society may be in need of the services of one of his colleagues in the head-peeping department...