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In a ground-breaking editorial published in 220 medical journals, the editors of 20 leading medical journals - including The Lancet, The British Medical Journal and The National Medical Journal of India - have warned of the consequences of climate change on human health.

The authors of the text pointed out that despite the pandemic, ‘urgent’ measures to be taken against global warming and the destruction of nature, which threaten human health, cannot be postponed.

Noting that “health is already damaged by rising global temperatures and the destruction of nature,” the editors of the world’s leading medical journals said that “higher temperatures have led to increased dehydration and kidney problems, malignant skin tumours, tropical infections, mental problems, pregnancy complications, allergies and mortality, and cardiovascular and pulmonary problems.”