Lethal Humidity Global Council’s letter to world leaders



(Adnkronos) – DUBAI, UAE, Dec. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Fortescue Executive Chairman and Founder, Dr Andrew Forrest AO, has joined leading scientists from around the world in signing an open letter to world leaders attending COP28 detailing lethal humidity's growing threat to humanity.   The letter from members of the Lethal Humidity Global Council includes the signatures of scientists from India, North America, Australia, the UK, Singapore and Belgium.  It calls on world leaders to "move beyond all policies that inhibit the development and deployment of renewable technology in order to achieve the defossilisation of our economy".  It implores them to back the Positive Power Plan and endorse four key policy shifts that are urgently required to avoid the catastrophes that will come with a continued rise in lethal Humidity.  Visit the Positive Power Plan website here
 For interviews with Dr Forrest at COP28, email media@fortescue.com or phone +61 412 754 310 Media contact:  Fortescue                             E: media@fortescue.comM: 1800 134 442     About Fortescue   Fortescue is focused on becoming the number 1 integrated green energy, metals and technology company, recognised for its culture, innovation and industry-leading development of infrastructure, mining assets and green energy initiatives. It operates with two divisions – Metals and Energy.  Fortescue is committed to producing green hydrogen, containing zero carbon, from renewable electricity. Green hydrogen is a zero-carbon fuel that, when used, produces primarily water. It is a practical and implementable solution that can help revolutionise the way we power our planet: helping to decarbonise heavy industry and create jobs globally. Fortescue is leading the green industrial revolution, building a global portfolio of renewable green hydrogen and green ammonia projects, while also leading the global effort to help decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors. This includes developing and acquiring the technology and energy supply to help decarbonise the Australian iron ore operations of one of the world's largest producers of iron ore, Fortescue Metals, by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2 terrestrial emissions). fortescue.com    Lethal humidity and heat are already upon us.   Our actions today will determine how many millions of people die or are forced to migrate.  World Leaders, We, the undersigned, come from the world's leading research and academic institutions, and consist of a diverse range of climate scientists, public health experts, policy makers and industrialists.  There is scientific consensus that rising humidity and heat pose a serious and growing threat to humanity. At temperatures as low as 30˚C, under conditions of high humidity, the human body struggles to cool down by sweating. Death can result.   As temperatures increase, so does the potential for episodes of high temperature and high humidity beyond what humans and many mammals – including livestock, an important source of protein globally – can endure for more than a few hours.   These impacts will not be equitable. Society's most vulnerable, such as the elderly, young children and the poor, will suffer the most. At population scale, this is called Lethal Humidity and its impacts will be felt globally, especially in tropical and sub-tropical regions.  Some of the most populous regions on Earth are at risk, including parts of India, China, the United States, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Northern Australia and many other countries across Africa, Asia, South America and Europe   Rising humidity is also driving some of the most violent weather the world has seen and the threat will only grow as the world gets hotter. We must prepare for abrupt environmental and social change.  Positive Power World Leaders, we must move beyond all policies that inhibit the development and deployment of renewable technology in order to achieve the defossilisation of our economy.   At least four key policy shifts are urgently required:     The direct impacts of lethal humidity with heat on human mortality will be widespread, as will the indirect effects associated with loss of labour, migration and geopolitical destabilisation.  As leaders, we must immediately address both – but never one at the expense of the other.  We can still create a world fit for our children and future generations if we act now. We call on you to endorse the Positive Power Plan. Date: 3 December 2023 Signatories Dr Sneha Malhotra, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India  Professor Steven Sherwood, Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia  Professor Li Zheng, Executive Vice President, Institute of Climate Change, Tsinghua  University  Professor Somnath Baidya Roy, Head, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi  Professor Peter Huybers, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University    Dr Guang Zhang, Research Meteorologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, USA  Professor Paromita Chakraborty, Atmospheric pollution, Centre for Research in Environment, Sustainability Advocacy and Climate Change, Institute of Science and Technology  Professor Deqing Zhu, School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering, Central South University  Dr Jonathan R. Buzan, Climate Physicist, Climate and Environmental Physics and  Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland  Professor Sagnik Dey, Institute Chair, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi  Dr Chloe Brimicombe, Climate Scientist and Extreme Heat Researcher, Karl-Franzens- Universität Graz & University of Reading   Dr Vidhya Venugopal, Professor & Country Director (NIHR GRC NCD-EC), Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Faculty of Public Health, Sri Ramachandra Institute and Higher Education, Chennai, INDIA  Emeritus Professor Trevor McDougallAC FRS FAA, University of New South Wales  Sydney Winner Prime Minister's Prize for Science 2022  Professor Ambarish Dutta, Epidemiology Indian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar  Public Health Foundation of India  Professor Nerilie Abram, Climate Science, The Australian National University, Australia  Professor Arnab Dutta, Interdisciplinary Programme in Climate Studies, IIT Bombay  Dr James Smith MRCGP FFPH, Sustainability Lead, Cambridge Public Health  Interdisciplinary Research Centre, University of Cambridge  Professor Ollie Jay, Heat and Health, Director of the Heat and Health Research Incubator, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia  Dr Fahad Saeed, Heat and humidity effects; Regional Lead: South Asia and the Middle East, Climate Analytics  Dr Amy Booth, Clinician and Researcher, Climate Change and Global Health, Nuffield  Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford   Professor Sandeep Sukumaran, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Yardi School of AI  Indian Institute of Technology Delhi  Professor Tim Lenton, Climate Change/Earth System Science, Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter, UK  Professor Kurian Joseph, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management, Centre for Environmental Studies, Department of Civil Engineering, Anna University  Dr Benjamin Jones, Oxford Centre for Global Health Research, Nuffield Department of Medicine | University of Oxford  Dr Andrew ForrestAO, Minderoo Foundation, Tattarang and Fortescue; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia[1]
 Professor Ken Smith, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge  Dr Emma Ramsay, Humid heat in urban settlements, Nanyang Technological University  Singapore  Professor Stephen Luby, Department of Medicine, Stanford University  Scientia Professor Matthew England, FFA Centre for Marine Science & Innovation,  University of New South Wales Australia  Dr Brian O'Callaghan, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of  Oxford; United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Acadia Infrastructure Capital [2]
 Professor Srinivasan Keshav, Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge  Professor Callum Roberts, Marine Conservation, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK  Associate Professor Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Climate scientist, UNSW Canberra, Australia  Professor Katrin Meissner, Climate scientist; Director, Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia  Dr Tony Worby, Chief Scientist, Minderoo Foundation [3]
 Dr Shanta Barley, Chief Climate Scientist, Fortescue; Adjunct Lecturer, University of Western Australia [4]
 Dr Shanta Barley, Chief Climate Scientist, Fortescue; Adjunct Lecturer, University of  Western Australia Ms Kylie Walker, CEO Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering  Professor Anjal Prakash, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business  Professor Michael Ellwood, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National Uni- versity  Dr Laurence Wainwright, Sustainability, Enterprise & Environment, University of Oxford  Emeritus Professor Sarah Dunlop, Minderoo Foundation and The University of Western Australia  Professor Marilyn Raphael, Geography, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles, USA  Professor Jacob G. Foster, Sociology, UCLA; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute  Professor Alastair Iles, Sustainability Transitions Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management University of California, Berkeley  Dr Shannon A. Bonke, Research Fellow of King's College Cambridge and Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge  Professor Douglas McCauley, Director, Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory, University of California Santa Barbara  Dr John Hunter, Climate and sea level scientist, University of Tasmania  Dr Larry Marshall, Director, Fortescue; Chair, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia; Governing Council of Australian National University  Dr Vishal Dixit, Interdisciplinary Programme in Climate Studies, IIT Bombay, India  Professor Kamiar Mohaddes, Judge Business School & Kings College, University of Cambridge  Professor Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Head, Neuroepidemiology Research Group, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health  Professor Stephen F. Ackley, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Texas San Antonio, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union  Bodhi Patil, Youth Ambassador, Dept. Environment & Sustainability, University of British Columbia  Professor Jean-Louis Tison, DSTE-IGEOS-Glaciology laboratory – Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium  Professor Ian Allison, D.Sc., FAA, University of Tasmania, Australia  Dr Maria Luiza Pedrotti, National Centre for Scientific Research, Sorbonne    
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