434K Doctors Say Trump’s Action on Climate Change Will Make Americans Sick, Literally
Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that will remove climate change from consideration when the government makes major decisions; such as approval for pipelines.
Not only will this executive order reverse Obama-era approaches to dealing with climate change, but it goes as far as to remove government-sponsored environmental reviews from being a factor in decisions that affect the oil and gas industry.
Known as the “social cost of carbon”, this definer set forth by President Obama was previously used to gage the potential economic damage climate change is expected to cause in the foreseeable future.
This fits in line with comments made by Scott Pruitt, Trump appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who said on national television that he doesn’t believe that carbon dioxide emissions created by humans is contributing to climate change.
Paul Getsos, national coordinator for the People’s Climate Movement (PCM), warned that Trump’s action will place “our country, our communities and our people at great risk.”
That claim is not arbitrary. More than 434,000 doctors in the US have come together to warn the public about the effect climate change is having on their health in all areas of scientific study; from allergies to asthma, and even psychiatry.
The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH) released a report citing the poisonous effects of climate change are and will continue to have adverse effects on every American’s health.
The report says in part: “Doctors in every part of our country see that climate change is making Americans sicker.”
The MSCCH identified specific health effects caused by climate change, including:
• Increased infectious diseases carried by ticks in the Midwest
• Air pollution from wildfires on the Great Plains
• Heat-stroke caused by increased temperatures
For those Americans at risk for heart disease, the increase in order all temperatures because of climate change will only exacerbate the problem. Those at most risk are children, older adults and people on medications because their ability to regulate their body temperature during “heat waves” is compromised.
In addition to medical emergencies, extreme weather events such as increased severity during downpours, floods, droughts and “mega” storms threatens not only children and the elderly, but also “the poor and the disabled”.
The report warns that with rising water temperatures, incessant rainfall, flooding and rising sea levels all contribute to the denigration of our drinking water supplies; effectively ensuring that they are contaminated with germs and chemicals. This includes toxic algae blooms that have become a problem in large bodies of water such as the Great Lakes.
From the Northeast to the Southeast, and from the Great Plains to Hawaii, extreme weather will become a bigger and bigger problem as time goes on under the current administration’s insistence of ignoring climate change.
As far as disease increasing, thanks to the warming effect of climate change, “disease-carrying mosquitoes, ticks and fleas can survive in new regions that were previously too cold for them to inhabit.”
From Lyme-disease to West Nile virus, the Midwestern portion of the US is at an increased risk of more incidents of tick and mosquito borne infections.
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