Climate Change Already Affecting Human Health — Physician’s First Watch

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March 16, 2017

Climate Change Already Affecting Human Health

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

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.

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