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The Clock Is Ticking on Addressing Climate Change — Med Students Can Help

The Clock Is Ticking on Addressing Climate Change — Med Students Can Help

Sidhant Gugale

The clock is ticking faster than ever before.

The latest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns us that we have only 12 years left to keep the maximum temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius and, thus, avoid calamitous environmental devastation.

Part of this curriculum should be the toxic effects of the products of the industrial food system upon patients’ health. There are more than enough peer-reviewed studies to substantiate this view. The industrial food system also contributes 19-29% of greenhouse gases, while deadening soil that could otherwise be sequestering carbon. I think these points are ultimately more pertinent to physicians’ training than preparing to deal with future climate catastrophe health effects.

Republicans imposed “climate change” on public discourse in 2002 as
part of a campaign of denialism.


“Republican political appointees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, where I was a biologist, forced scientists to always use
‘climate change’ instead of the accurate and alarming ‘global warming.’”

This change still benefited the planet roasters as of 2014.

Therefore I do not use the term “climate change”.

I think that “global warming” is not alarming enough, so I prefer
“global heating”, which does justice to the danger.