Saturday, April 15, 2017

Where Climate Change Is Threatening the Health of Americans

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As President Donald Trump looks to curb the government's enforcement of climate regulations, experts are concerned about how the action might impact public health.

"The current federal political climate in the United States bodes ill for the future of the world's climate and by extension for the health of people around the world, Americans included," said Dr. Mona Sarfaty, director of the program on climate and health at George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication.

Sarfaty helped prepare a report, released last month by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, that mapped how climate change threatens the health of people across the United States and how those threats vary by region.

Extreme temperatures and weather events, poor outdoor air quality, contaminated food and water, mosquito- and tick-borne infections, wildfires, and stresses on mental health are the climate-related health risks identified in the report by practicing physicians.

Read more at Where Climate Change Is Threatening the Health of Americans

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