Medicine needs to cool it

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Healthcare accounts for about 7% of all carbon emissions. What would it take to get it to zero?

Earlier this year, the Australian Medical Association and Doctors for the Environment Australia called on the healthcare sector to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero over the next two decades.

In the interim, both groups are aiming for an emission reduction target of 80% by 2030.

Doctors already understand that climate change presents a grave health emergency, but few recognise the extent to which their own industry contributes to the problem.

With healthcare accounting for about 7% of all emissions, how can medicine work toward a greener future?

This episode, Rheumatology Republic journalist Ben Falkenmire
interviews Dr John Van Der Kallen, chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia.

You can listen and subscribe to the show by searching for “The Tea Room Medical Republic” in your favourite podcast player.

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