Climate change hurts human health, federal government says

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and seven other federal agencies, as well as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a report on April 4 that draws a link between climate change and public health.

The report, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment” was issued on the first day of National Public Health Week. It was also issued as briefs are being filed on the EPA Clean Power Plan before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The report finds that “every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change.”

Rising greenhouse gas concentrations result in increases in temperature, changes in precipitation, increases in the frequency and intensity of some extreme weather events, and rising sea levels.

The report links climate changes to events such as heat waves, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wind storms, lightning, cold waves and winter storms.

Hurricanes and storm surge events can result in everything from issues such as contaminated water and debris to drowning and gastrointestinal problems, according to the report.

Changing climate can result in problems such as changing distributions of vector-borne diseases and earlier tick activity, according to the report.

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