WHO weighs in on climate debate

Extreme weather conditions, famine and air pollution are all factors in the rising climate change death toll. The drastic public health consequences of climate change could provide the UN with the impetus it needs to agree on an ambitious new set of climate goals in 2015. However, critics remain unconvinced.

The tragedy of the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines on 7 December, killing 23 people, has added to the urgency of the climate negotiations currently under way in Lima, bringing the moral and public health aspects of climate change to the forefront.

The Episcopal Conference in Peru, held last weekend, produced a joint statement, saying "climate change creates poverty and increases injustice and we call for this situation to be reversed with all the urgency the circumstances demand".

Source :euractiv.com