74 Medical, Public Health Groups Call For Increased U.S. Commitments To Address Climate Change As ‘Health Emergency’

Associated Press: Medical groups warn climate change is a ‘health emergency’
“As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as ‘a health emergency.’ … Among other things, the groups are pressing elected officials and presidential candidates to ‘meet and strengthen U.S. commitments’ under the 2015 United Nations climate agreement from which Trump has vowed to withdraw…” (Schor, 6/24).

The Hill: Medical groups: Climate change is ‘greatest public health challenge of the 21st century’
“… ‘The health, safety, and well-being of millions of people in the U.S. have already been harmed by human-caused climate change, and health risks in the future are dire without urgent action to fight climate change,’ the 74 groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association, said in a letter Monday…” (Rodrigo, 6/24).

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