CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Volume 30, Issue 3, 2012
Volume 30, Issue 3, 2012
Author Bridget FarhamSource: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30 (2012)More Less
In South Africa, one of the major concerns of many people is a disintegrating public health system and an increasingly expensive private health system. Other national concerns are the failing education system, the level of corruption in government and general lack of delivery. But, while all of those are important, most of us are still too complacent about something that will alter our lives irrevocably - climate change.
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Around the world there are many examples of previous human societies that have collapsed and disappeared. Societies that once flourished and seemed invincible, but which are now no more, include Great Zimbabwe in Africa, Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean, Mycenaean Greece and Minoan Crete in Europe and the Maya cities of Central America.
Author Mark SwillingSource: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30, pp 68 –71 (2012)More Less
In 1987 the World Commission on Environment and Development published Our Common Future. This report attempted to reconcile the ecological 'limits to growth', articulated by the northern green movement since the early 1970s, with the need for growth to eliminate poverty, as articulated by developing countries in the south, many of whom had recently broken free from colonial control.
Author Jonny MyersSource: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30, pp 72 –75 (2012)More Less
Professor Tony McMichael, one of the pioneers of research and policy relating to the human health effects of anthropogenic climate change (CC) has provides the following 3 seminal statements:
'...it is unlikely that there will be any/many entirely new adverse health outcomes, but rather a worsening of existing health problems, through a change in patterns.'
'There is need for good, critical, thinking and research within each particular population setting, as to what are likely to be the "early and most reasonably attributable health impacts of climate change."'
'...human health can - indeed should - be viewed as the real "bottom line" of climate change consequences.'
Source: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30, pp 80 –83 (2012)More Less
The recent high-level meeting of the general assembly of the United Nations noted with concern the 'increasing challenges posed by climate change and the loss of biodiversity, and their effect on the control and prevention of non-communicable diseases.' This article explores what lifestyle interventions should be promoted in order to mitigate climate change and in particular explores those that also contribute towards preventing and controlling noncommunicable chronic diseases.
Source: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30, pp 84 –87 (2012)More Less
The challenge of responding adequately to climate change at community level is daunting. It does seem that significant and uncomfortable change is inevitable. However, some consideration of the literature shows that there are ways to decrease the size of the impact by seriously rethinking our energy use, especially in affluent communities, and by helping to build resilience, especially in more vulnerable communities. The impending disaster could either be ignored and wreak havoc when it happens, or we could take preventive and preparatory action now to reduce future impact.
The health profession and climate change : advocacy needed : more about... climate change and healthAuthor Edward J. CoetzeeSource: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30, pp 88 –89 (2012)More Less
Advocacy is defined as support or argument for a cause or a policy. The lead article in this journal certainly suggests major changes in lifestyle, which will not be palatable to all in the health profession. Do we need to be advocates for the policy of auditing and curtailing our use of energy? One thing is certain - as a result of overpopulation and a massive reliance on fossil fuels for energy we are releasing far more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ever before. Together with other greenhouse gases this will result in global warming and major changes in climate.
Source: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30, pp 89 –91 (2012)More Less
Understanding the global carbon cycle is the key to understanding climate change. The carbon cycle makes it clear that, if we want our grandchildren and their children to live decent lives, we have to achieve a world free of fossil fuels - a post-carbon civilisation - within a few years.
How well are we teaching health science students about climate change and health? : more about... climate change and healthSource: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30, pp 91 –93 (2012)More Less
Climate change and the issues of sustainable development are a new component of the health sciences curriculum. While the topic is now included in basic education the relevance to healthcare providers, health systems and the healthcare industry needs to be incorporated within higher education institutions.
Author Chris BatemanSource: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30 (2012)More Less
Decades after the first drums of toxic sludge began to pile up in SA, the government has failed to get rid of more than 3 000 tons of mercury waste stored at the old Thor Chemicals factory in KwaZulu-Natal. Thousands of barrels of mercury waste remain in warehouses and sludge ponds at Cato Ridge, outside Durban, while in the valley below, medical researchers have found high levels of mercury in people's hair and in fish and soil samples around Inanda Dam.
Source: CME : Your SA Journal of CPD 30, pp 103 –104 (2012)More Less