Climate Change Poses Significant Threat To Human Health, U.S. Government Report Says

News outlets discuss findings from a U.S. government report on the impacts of climate change on human health.

CQ News: Climate Change a Threat to Health, White House Report Says
“Climate change is projected to cause hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, hospital admissions, and cases of acute respiratory illnesses by 2030, according to a new report on the health effects of climate change released by the Obama administration Monday…” (Dillon, 4/4).

The Guardian: Climate change threat to public health worse than polio, White House warns
“…The report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, formally unveiled at the White House, warned of sweeping risks to public health from rising temperatures in the coming decades — with increased deaths and illnesses from heat stroke, respiratory failure, and diseases such as West Nile virus…” (Goldenberg, 4/4).

The Hill: Climate change expected to raise public health risks
“…Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday called the study the most thorough scientific breakdown of climate change’s impact on public health. Officials said it should raise the stakes for combating climate change…” (Henry, 4/4).

New York Times: Global Warming Linked to Public Health Risks, White House Says
“…The report was developed over three years by about 100 experts in climate change science and public health in eight government agencies, including the EPA, Department of Health and Human Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs…” (Davenport, 4/4).

Washington Post: As the climate changes, risks to human health will accelerate, White House warns
“…Monday’s report is the latest effort by the Obama administration to put a human face on climate change, which to some can seem like an abstract concept. It comes roughly a year after Obama spoke publicly about the White House’s effort to focus on the health risks of a changing Earth…” (Dennis, 4/4).

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