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Climate-harming products should have smoking-style warnings

Mar 31, 2020 13:02 IST

A group of four professors of environmental health from the UK, US and India have shared in the British Medical Journal that warnings, similar to those on cigarette packets, should appear on high-carbon products such as airline tickets and energy bills. Warning labels would make consumers aware of the impact of their purchases not only on the climate, but also on their health and sensitise people to the consequences of their actions, say experts. Like smoking warning labels, high-carbon health labels could be graphic, highlighting the damage to health from air pollution. They could include pictures of damaged lungs, or highlight severe weather such as flooding, they suggest.

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