New Report Shows Impact of Climate Change on Human Health

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We all know climate change is impacting the health of the global ecosystem, but what about our own health? This startling new report explains how climate change affects you…

According to a surprising new federal report, climate change doesn’t just affect the health of the planet, polar bears, or ocean life. It will affect human life and health as well. In fact, the rising temperature of our planet is already having an impact on our health – and the results aren’t too pretty.

The report suggests that global climate change will lead to thousands of deaths and hospitalizations by the year 2030, leading the current administration to implement new initiatives aimed at reducing the impact and curbing emissions.

Here is more on the report’s findings:

The report, the result of three years of research by nearly 100 health and science experts, attributed the likelihood of increased deaths and hospitalizations to more air pollution, extreme heat and severe weather brought on by climate change.

At-risk populations include children, the elderly, pregnant women and those who are ill or have disabilities, the report found.
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In response to the report, the Obama administration announced a handful of initiatives that seek to curb those health impacts.

They include employing the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to create climate change and health curricula for K-12 schools, instituting a national Extreme Heat Week in May to promote extreme-heat preparedness among communities, and establishing a Climate-Ready Tribes and Territories Initiative, which will provide funding for up to five tribal and territorial governments for the prevention of health issues related to climate change.
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The report did not offer specific policy recommendations but rather used data, computer modeling and the analysis of more than 1,800 peer-reviewed publications to outline how global temperature rise might affect public health.

The report noted, for example, that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can make crops less nutritious. It said natural disasters caused by climate change pose not only physical threats to humans, but also mental health risks.
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