They don’t just warn us about disease, they’re worried about global warming too (which can lead to disease), and they’re trying to communicate this concern to us.

18 of the world’s professional medical organizations say that the recent failure to reach a UN climate agreement will lead to a “global health catastrophe” and urge physicians to “take a lead” on the climate issue.

In BBC News, Richard Black quotes an article in the medical journal the Lancet as saying, “Effects of climate change on health will put the lives and wellbeing of billions of people at increased risk.”

Scientists of all kinds have good reason to worry: In the September 16 edition of the New York Times, Andrew C. Revkin reports that oceans are warmer today than they have been in almost 130 years, since records on this first started to be compiled, probably as a result of global warming and the current El Nino.

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