08 Jun '11, 4pm

Public health/climate change connections being recognized by the medical establishment (via @yalemediaforum) #climate

Public health/climate change connections increasingly being recognized by the medical establishment might help in informing the public at large. Policy experts say a growing awareness of the public health/climate linkage could be a key in breaking through political logjams impeding action on mitigation and adaptation. Consider some climate change/public health indicators: Roughly 10 million Americans suffered from asthma in 1990. Today, twice as many do — a surge that has been linked to climate change. Allergy season is becoming longer and pollen counts are stronger. Diseases like dengue fever and malaria, previously seen only in warmer areas, are now popping up in places like Florida and Texas. The ticks carrying Lyme disease — once limited to southern New England and mid-Atlantic states — have expanded their ranges to Maine. Extreme weather patterns brought about by clim...

Full article: http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2011/06/more-concert...

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