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Die Gesundheitskosten der Umweltveränderung

OXFORD – In den vergangenen Jahren ist weltweit die Sorge um das Katastrophenpotential der Erderwärmung und anderer vom Menschen herbeigeführter Umweltveränderungen gestiegen, und zu Recht. Aber bisher wurde eines der ernsthaftesten Risiken ignoriert: das für die menschliche Gesundheit.

Natürlich ist die Sorge darum, was ein Anstieg der globalen Temperaturen über die vorindustriellen Werte für den Planeten bedeuten könnte, absolut berechtigt. Und viele sind verständlicherweise sehr beunruhigt, dass die Ärmsten der Welt unverhältnismäßig davon betroffen sind, während die USA, weltweit der zweitgrößte Erzeuger von Kohlendioxidemissionen, ihre Verantwortung anscheinend nicht wahrzunehmen gedenken.

Aber die gesundheitlichen Folgen der vom Menschen verursachten Umweltveränderung werden größtenteils übersehen, während die Lebensqualität zukünftiger Generationen für wirtschaftliche Gewinne verpfändet wird. Nirgendwo sind diese Zusammenhänge sichtbarer als in den Schwellenländern Afrikas, Asiens, Amerikas und Europas.

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