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[Correspondence] Planetary health: a new sociopolitical framework is urgently needed

We welcome the Lecture by Samuel S Myers (Dec 23, 2017, p 2860)1 on planetary health. Paul J Crutzen assigned the term Anthropocene to “the present, in many ways human-dominated, geological epoch”.2 The capacity of mankind to shape its own habitat is a major environmental force. More than 15 000 scientists proclaimed that urgent changes are needed to avoid the consequences of humanity’s impact on the environment and reverse the trend of collapsing the delicate planetary health.3