BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hospitals and other healthcare facilities worldwide can prepare better for both climate change and future pandemics by adopting green technology and cutting planet-heating emissions from their operations and supply chains, health experts said on Wednesday.
Several Countries, including Cabo Verde, Madagascar, Malawi, and São Tomé and Príncipe, have submitted formal commitments to the COP26 Presidency to strengthen the climate resilience and sustainability of their health systems.
They have done so as part of the COP26 Health Programme, which has been designed to bring a stronger health focus and ambition to the UN climate conference in Glasgow this November. More countries are expected to join ahead of COP26.
Children's hospitals are unique and inspiring places where, with grit and grace, patients and their families face some of life's toughest challenges. They are places where the state of the art in paediatric care and rigorous research meets the profound human values that children inspire—kindness, hope, and even youthful joy—to help children live longer, healthier lives and overcome diseases that were once incurable. It is now time for children's hospitals to apply their expertise to the next major threat to child health: climate change and the deterioration of the environment.
The US healthcare system is the greatest polluter of any industrialized healthcare system in the world, responsible for 8.5% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Between 2010 and 2018, the US sector’s emissions rose 6% – a correlation associated with increasing demand and investment.
Los servicios de salud son responsables del 4,4 % de las emisiones de dióxido de carbono del mundo, según un estudio de Salud Sin Daño. Sputnik consultó a su gerenta del programa de cambio climático para América Latina, Andrea Hurtado Epstein.