Author Interviews, Environmental Risks, Health Care Systems, Surgical Research / 11.12.2017 Interview with:  <a href="">“surgery”</a> by <i> <a href="">Army Medicine</a> </i> is licensed under <a href=""> CC BY 2.0</a>Andrea MacNeill MD MSc FRCSC Surgical Oncologist & General Surgeon University of British Columbia Vancouver General Hospital BC Cancer Agency What is the background for this study? Response: Climate change is one of the most pressing public health issues of the present era, responsible for 140,000 deaths annually.  Somewhat paradoxically, the health sector itself has a considerable carbon footprint, as well as other detrimental environmental impacts.  Within the health sector, operating rooms are known to be one of the most resource-intensive areas and have thus been identified as a strategic target for emissions reductions.