Scientists warn of major threat to human health


PARIS • The unprecedented degradation of the earth’s natural resources, coupled with climate change, could reverse major gains in human health over the past 150 years, warns a sweeping scientific review published yesterday.

“We have been mortgaging the health of future generations to realise economic and development gains in the present,” said the report, written by 15 leading academics and published in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet.

“By unsustainably exploiting nature’s resources, human civilisation has flourished but now risks substantial health effects from the degradation of nature’s life support systems in the future.”

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