Medical experts hit out at climate change sceptics

  • Niall Hunter, Editor

Denying the links between greenhouse gas emissions and man-made climate change "is akin to denying the links between HIV/Aids and unprotected sex, smoking and lung cancer, or alcohol consumption and liver disease", according the the UK Climate and Health Council.

This organisation represents senior editors of medical journals, including The Lancet, the British Medical Journal, as well as top public health doctors.

The Lancet - one of the world's leading medical journals - has branded climate change as "the biggest global health threat of the 21st century".

The UK Climate and Health Council is supporting a major campaign aiming to expose secret donors, who are funding climate sceptic, Nigel Lawson, and his Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

GWPF is a think-tank in the UK that lobbies to contest the science of global warming and to mitigate climate change.

The UK Climate Health Council is calling for transparency and honesty in climate science. An Information Rights Tribunal - seeking to disclose who is funding the GWPF - is holding a key freedom of information case on the issue today (January 2).

According to the council, the GWPF has been "attacked and discredited by various scientists and senior politicians".

The council says that despite this, Nigel Lawson's foundation consistently secures significant media coverage, which wrongfully distorts public and policy debate over climate change.

"Perverting the course of evidence-based policy on climate-change adaptation and mitigation damages our health resilience, our economic prosperity and our environmental stability," the council said.

"Transparency around climate-sceptic funders is essential. We support freedom of information to reveal those deliberately preventing the UK's sustainable future."


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