Safeguarding planetary health for Southeast Asia's future children

Jemilah, Mahmood * and Guinto, Renzo R and Lacey-Hall, Oliver and Faiesall, Maisarah and Poppema, Sibrandes * and Lee, Elizabeth * (2022) Safeguarding planetary health for Southeast Asia's future children. The Lancet Planetary Health, 6 (4). e295-e296. ISSN 2542-5196

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While we continue to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the past months have also revealed the sorry state of our collective planetary health, including in southeast Asia. Weeks after the 2021 UN climate change conference (known as COP26), Malaysia experienced intense flooding at a scale that has never been seen before,1 while the Philippines was once more hit by a super typhoon that killed hundreds and displaced a hundred thousand more.2 In the beginning of 2022, the Stockholm Resilience Centre announced that a fifth planetary boundary has already been breached—chemical pollution, particularly plastic—in addition to climate change, land use change, disrupted biogeochemical flows, and biodiversity loss.3 Southeast Asia is central source of plastic pollution, as most of the top five plastic-polluting countries are located in the region.4 Furthermore, as a biodiversity hotspot, the jungles of southeast Asia offer ideal conditions for another potential zoonotic outbreak, and it is vital to prevent future pandemics at the source.5

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: planetary health; Sunway University
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: General > Directorate
Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > Vice-Chancellor Office [dissolved]
Sunway University > University Centres > Sunway Centre for Planetary Health
Depositing User: Ms Yong Yee Chan
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 09:16
Last Modified: 17 May 2023 09:16

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