Climate change and cancer: converging policies
"If mitigation policies [against climate change] focussed only on carbon dioxide, one would lose the positive effects on health that would arise from broader actions"
The global epidemic of cancer and the threat of climate change are two modern challenges urgently requiring prevention policies. Intervening on risk factors for cancer in industrialized countries could achieve a reduction in premature deaths of between 30% and 40%. Moreover, CO2 emissions must be reduced by 45% by the year 2030 according to recent agreements that recognise the potential impact of climate change on the environment and human health.
In their Policy Article, Paolo Vineis, Inge Huybrechts, Christopher Millett and Elisabete Weiderpass highlight how climate change mitigation and cancer prevention could go hand in hand, for example in the context of tobacco control, food production and transportation (air pollution). The authors emphasise on the need for appropriate inter-sectoral policies to achieve both short-term and long-term benefits, for human health and the environment respectively.
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