Lancet Energy and Health series extends climate solutions arguments

September 13, 2007 at 2:39 pm | Posted in Agriculture, Climate change, Diet, Electricity access, Energy poverty, Energy sources, Exercise, Fitness, Health, Lancet, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LSHTM, Nuclear power, Nutrition, Obesity, Renewable energy, Resources, Transport | 2 Comments

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) launched The Energy and Health series yesterday in London, UK (12 September 2007) in collaboration with The Lancet.

This new series studies and reports on global issues including:

  • access to electricity and energy poverty
  • transport
  • agriculture (including meat consumption)
  • nuclear power
  • renewable power
  • a range of other energy issues
  • and the effect each has on health

It is clear that action needs to be taken at personal, national and global levels to address these issues. This series does groundwork and provides relevant background to decision-makers for cohesive calls to action. Positive co-ordinated steps are required to change habits, lifestyles, equipment design, energy sourcing and distribution, urban and trannsport planning and more (!) in favour of a cleaner, healthier and fairer world for all. The key to success rests in large part in finding the political will on an international scale, as well as collective personal willpower, to make good ideas bear fruit. Climae change and health go hand in hand. Solutions for one solve problems associated with the other. This series extends and broadens the context within which climate change policies are developed. We need to take actions with a comprehensive view of personal and global issues. There really is no pleasant workable alternative.

For Darmok, who covers climate change and health issues so well, within his medical and science blogfolio, this paragraph comes straight from the LSHTM/Lancet materials, to which he may very well subscribe:

World meat consumption should be reduced by 10%: less meat means less heat
Worldwide average meat consumption could be realistically reduced by 10% to reduce the already substantial impact of livestock production on greenhouse gas emissions. This would also reduce health risks associated with very high consumption of red meat. The fifth paper in the series entitled “Food, livestock production, energy, climate change, and health.” comments that the Global average meat consumption is currently 100g per person per day, with about a ten-fold variation between high-consuming and low-consuming populations. 90g per day is proposed as a working global target, shared more evenly, and with not more than 50g per day coming from red meat from ruminants (i.e., cattle, sheep, goats, and other digrastic grazers).

More useful links from the Lancet website:

Click here for all articles and linked Comments in the series.

You can listen to the expert views and opinions of the speakers at the press conference with these links to audio files:


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  1. Looks like a great article, inel. I plan to write a post about it after I get a chance to read it in detail. Thanks for writing about it!

  2. […] And therefore I am indebted to Inel for bringing my attention (via a comment and a subsequent blog entry) to a wonderfully important series of articles in the Lancet covering the many-faceted relationship […]

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