04 Jun '11, 12am

Severe Health Impacts Associated with Higher Ozone Levels Due to Climate Change: "Climate Change and Your Health...

Unchecked global warming threatens public health and increases health care costs by exacerbating ground-level ozone, according to a peer-reviewed report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). "Climate Change and Your Health: Rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution," finds that higher levels of ozone will result from climate change, resulting in 2.8 million additional serious respiratory illnesses, 5,100 additional infants and seniors hospitalized with serious breathing problems, and 944,000 additional missed school days in the US in 2020. All told, these and other health-related impacts could cost approximately $5.4 billion. And if global warming pollution continues unabated, these impacts and costs could be significantly higher. "Even a small increase in ozone due to a warmer climate would have a significant impact on public health," says UCS public h...

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