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World health leaders are calling for a green recovery from coronavirus

Posted On: 27 May 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Doctors and medical professionals from around the globe have called on world leaders to ensure a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis that takes account of air pollution and climate breakdown.
More than 200 organizations representing at least 40 million health workers - making up about half of the global medical workforce - have signed an open letter to the G20 leaders and their chief medical advisers, pointing to the 7 million premature deaths to which air pollution contributes each year around the world.
Chief medical officers and chief scientific advisers must be directly involved in designing the stimulus packages now underway, the letter urges, in order to ensure they include considerations of public health and environmental concerns. They say public health systems should be strengthened, and they warn of how environmental degradation could help to unleash future diseases.
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