Navigating planetary health: a glimpse into the post-COP28 era and the necessity to phase out fossil fuels

Document Type : Perspective


Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE), Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries, Universiti Malaysia.


This manuscript highlights the ever-growing urgency to take climate change seriously and address its implications. In the
midst of today’s global challenges, the recently concluded 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) stands out as a significant moment in our ongoing struggle against
global warming and the pursuit of planetary wellbeing. The deal struck at this crucial world gathering signifies a shared
realization of the pressing need to shift away from fossil fuel, opting instead for sustainable practices that safeguard
both our planet and its inhabitants. Considering our profound commitment to environmental sustainability, planetary
health and the intersection of climate change, food security and health, this editorial perspective delves into the latest
developments from COP28, exploring their implications and charting a course for a more sustainable future.

Graphical Abstract

Navigating planetary health: a glimpse into the post-COP28 era and the necessity to phase out fossil fuels


  • Swift and impactful measures are vital to curb greenhouse gas emission and limit global warming to 1.5°C.
  • A historic departure in global attitudes toward fossil fuels indicates a potential turning point in combating climate change.
  • The intrinsic link between climate change and global health, emphasizing the need for policies that prioritize wellbeing for both the environment and human societies, should be acknowledged.


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