Climate Change Already Affecting Human Health — Physician’s First Watch
Climate Change Already Affecting Human Health
By Kelly Young
The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, comprising 11 medical societies, is "sounding the alarm" that climate change is already harming people's health.
In a new report, the group outlines some of the direct effects of climate change and whose health is most at risk:
Extreme heat: people with chronic conditions, outdoor workers, student athletes, people lacking air conditioning
Air pollution from increased smog, wildfires, and pollen: people with asthma and chronic lung conditions
Increased geographic range of disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes: anyone who spends time outdoors
Contaminated food and water: children, seniors, the poor, and people with weakened immune systems.
The group advocates speeding up the transition to renewable energy sources.