Global warming and resultant climate change pose serious risks to human health. However, global warming is only one of a nested series of threats to the health — and even survival — of humankind. With this in mind, is our current approach to both clinical and public health sufficient?
Parallel threats to the health and wellbeing of humanity arise from a myriad of anthropogenic problems. All such problems, acting synergistically, stress the ecological and social foundations upon which humanity relies for air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, and disposal of waste, and without which there can be no civilisation and no economy. Taken together, they comprise what has been described as global environmental change (GEC).
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