Sunday, December 21, 2014

What Americans Don’t Know About Climate Change Could Be Really Bad for Their Health

Potential impacts of global climate change on human health. (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
When it comes to the health impacts of global warming, Americans are woefully uninformed.

In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, only about one in four can even name a health problem associated with global warming that their fellow Americans might be suffering from.

Only 14% of Americans are aware of one of the most obvious health impacts of all the global warming pollution that has been dumped into our atmosphere:  respiratory problems like asthma and other lung diseases.  A mere 6% make the connection between illness, injury, and death resulting from extreme weather events and climate change.

Less than 5% of Americans could name any of the other consequences to human health from global warming.

Perhaps that’s no surprise, given that the survey also found 70% of Americans have given “little or no thought” to how global warming could affect human health in the first place.

“Global warming is already having real health consequences in America today,” researcher Ed Maibach, PhD, of George Mason University said in a statement.  “People are being harmed by extreme weather events, wildfires, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, mosquitoes and ticks.  Our study found that most Americans don’t yet know that climate change threatens human health.  This suggests the need for a public health education campaign.”

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