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The BHMA Sustainability references.


Gill M. Why should doctors be interested in climate change? BMJ 2008; 336: 1506
McMichael A.J. et al. Global climate change: the potential effects on health BMJ 1997; 315:

McMichael A.J. et al. Global environmental change and health: impacts, inequities, and the health sector BMJ 2008: 336; 191-194

Patz J A et al. Hotspots in climate change and human health BMJ 2002; 325; 1094-1098

Randerson J. Revealed: child labour used to make NHS instruments The Guardian 8 Dec 2008 (includes link to audio interview with Dr Mahmoud Bhutta)

Wilkinson P. et al. A global perspective on energy: health effects and injustices Lancet 2007; 370: 965-78



The Campain for greener healthcare is a charity supporting action to transfrom healthcare for a sustainable future. Projects include green nephrology, Green OT, NHS Forest, and SHEBA (the sustainability and health evidence base.)

Report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development, and Reproductive Health Return of the Population Growth Factor: its impact upon the millennium development goals, 2007 (worth a look – some useful background, stats and maps)

BMA Health Professionals Taking Action on Climate Change, 2008    

Good carbon footprint calculator, with opportunity to “offset” your excess carbon emissions by supporting various projects world-wide

Climate and Health Council. Ten practical actions for doctors  Estimates of potential tonnes of carbon equivalents saved per year. 2008.

Climate and Health Council. Reducing the carbon footprint of the health sector

Climate and Health Council. Reducing your carbon footprint can be good for your health 

Department of Health The Health Impact of Climate Change: Promoting Sustainable Communities, 2008 (some interesting and useful stuff in here, too)

Energy saving Trust Provides advice about saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.

EU Climate Change website

Global Commons Institute  Some useful graphics on contraction and convergence.

Greenpeace How to Save the Climate

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC fourth assessment report, 2007.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty and wealth across Britain 1968 to 2005, 2007 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Is poverty in the UK a denial of people’s human rights? 2008

NHS Sustainable Development Unit Saving Carbon, Improving Health: NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England, 2009   (The way forward in the NHS?) Useful if you want to write to your MP or MEP!

UCL Lancet Commissions: Lancet and UCL Institute for Global Health Commission Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change Lancet 2009; 373: 1693-733

UNU-WIDER The World Distribution of Household Wealth 2008  (stats about wealth distribution across the world)

WHO Protecting Health from Climate Change: World Health Day 2008   (good summary of issues around climate change and health, some nice pictures)

UNDP Human Development Report 2007/8 Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World (good background summary, especially of the need for international cooperation over climate change)

UNEP Global Environment Outlook GE04  2007  (some useful stuff in the background, with a few good maps and pictures)

UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US)  (some free articles available)

Climate and Health Council  (an international organisation  which is aiming to mobilise health professionals across the world to take action to limit climate change)

Doctors for the Environment Australia  (interesting background reading, but also some good downloadable posters!)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  (worth a look at the summary of the last IPPC report Nov 2007 – see above – especially the section on health impacts)

Medact UK  (“Medact is a global health charity tackling issues at the centre of international policy debates. Led by its health professional membership it undertakes education, research and advocacy on the health implications of conflict, development and environmental change, with a special focus on the developing world.”)

The Global Education Project. Earth: a graphic look at the state of the world  (lots of excellent maps and stats!)

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