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By Joshua Karliner, Director of Global Projects and International Team Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm

Every year, to simply operate, hospitals must burn through gigatons of fossil fuel energy. This doesn’t just contribute to global warming, it also creates the kind of local air pollution that kills seven million people every year. That’s more than double the toll of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. …Leading the fight against climate change is the smart thing — and the right thing — to do for a sector of society sworn to do no harm.

It’s a vicious and ironic cycle and, there is a pressing need for doctors, nurses, hospitals, and health systems around the world to respond to this emergency.

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