Climate change is making people sicker, according physicians surveyed by the American Thoracic Society (ATS).
The ATS, in collaboration with George Mason University, surveyed a random sample of its members to assess their “perceptions of, clinical experiences with, and preferred policy responses to climate change.”
From the journal abstract:
A majority of respondents indicated they were already observing health impacts of climate change among their patients, most commonly as increases in chronic disease severity from air pollution (77%), allergic symptoms from exposure to plants or mold (58%), and severe weather injuries (57%). A larger majority anticipated seeing these climate-related health impacts in the next 2 decades.
President Obama took up the “climate change affects public health” conversation with CNN this week. What was left out of the conversation? The impact of industrial, chemical-intensive, GMO monoculture ag on the climate and, ultimately, your health.