Cold and flu season? High blood pressure? Nah, its climate change!
From the Gristians, h/t to “ham salad” and “nixfu” in WUWT Tips and Notes.
Doctors are already seeing links between climate change and their patients’ health
Now, the nation’s leading medical practitioners — with the White House behind them — are stepping forward with a diagnosis that all of us should heed, because the symptoms are becoming undeniable and the risks tremendous: Climate change is a health threat.
The nation’s public health leaders, doctors, and nurses are seeing more and more evidence — both in their patients and in epidemiological data — showing the direct and indirect links. We’re seeing more respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease, and heat-related deaths.
As leaders of public health institutions, we cannot overstate the importance of the commitment from President Obama and the highest levels of our government to shine a light on the health impacts of climate change.
Last month, President Obama affirmed the threat that climate change poses to the nation’s health, and committed resources to strengthening health data and to enhancing our preparedness, including targeted responses for the most vulnerable in our society. At the same time, the U.S. Global Climate Research Program released a sobering draft Climate and Health Assessment. The draft — the work of numerous experts in scientific agencies, universities, and the private sector — found that climate change is not just a future threat, but is impacting Americans every day, and that every American is at risk. Later this spring, the surgeon general will host a Climate Change and Health Summit at the White House.
Generations ago, doctors used to advise tuberculosis patients to spend time in drier or warmer climates to improve their health. In our time, it’s the climate we live in that needs the attention. The evidence, increasingly, is showing up in our patients and in our examination rooms.