Physicians from medical societies representing over half of the nation's doctors provide proof that human-made climate change is adding to decreased health amongst their patients.
Climate issues contributing to the condition include: rising temperatures, poorer outdoor air quality, extreme weather events (like floods and hurricanes), water-related infection, extreme mosquito and-tick-borne infections and wildfires.
According to the paper, harms posed by climate change include:
- heat-related illness
- worsening chronic illnesses
- injuries and deaths from dangerous weather events
- infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks
- illnesses from contaminated food and water
- mental health problems
A recent study concluded that the majority of Americans have not been made aware of the direct implications of climate change on their state of health. Moreover - select populations, including pregnant women, children, student athletes, the elderly and the poor - are more subject to the dangerous effects of climate change.
The paper calls for immediate action including reducing energy waste and accelerating the transition to clean renewable energy to mitigate further harm and protect the health of all Americans.
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