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Climate Change Negatively Impacting Health Worldwide; Global Action Needed, Lancet Study Says

CNN: 2,100 cities exceed recommended pollution levels, fueling climate change
“Climate change is already affecting the health of populations around the world, but things are set to get worse if adequate changes aren’t made, according to an international consortium of climate experts…” (Senthilingam, 10/30).

The Guardian: Climate change already bringing disease, air pollution, and heatwaves
“…The findings, published in the Lancet journal, come from researchers at 26 institutions around the world, including many universities, the World Health Organization, World Bank, and the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WMO reported on Monday that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made a record jump in 2016 to hit a concentration not seen for more than three million years…” (Carrington, 10/30).

Reuters: Climate change harms health worldwide as millions swelter: study
“Climate change has caused severe harm to human health since the year 2000 by stoking more heat waves, the spread of some mosquito-borne diseases, and under-nutrition as crops fail, scientists said on Tuesday. Scant action to slow global warming over the past 25 years has jeopardized ‘human life and livelihoods,’ they wrote in a report published in The Lancet…” (Doyle, 10/30).

USA TODAY: Climate change’s impact on human health is already here — and is ‘potentially irreversible,’ report says
“…While most previous similar studies have covered the potential impact of climate change on future public health problems, the Lancet report goes a step further and illustrates how it is no longer a future threat but a present one. … For example, from 2000 to 2016, there has been a 46 percent increase in the number of weather-related disasters, the report notes…” (Rice, 10/30).

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