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Climate Change and Human Health

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From the vantage point of emergency medicine, climate change is a clear and present danger to human health. One needn't be a climate scientist or pulmonary specialist to appreciate the impact of thick smoke on the tenuous lungs of a patient with chronic asthma. When mosquitoes move north into habitats made newly favorable by global warming, they will breed at higher rates and more effectively incubate vectors of tropical diseases previously unknown to these human populations. Superstorms are becoming the norm as warmer oceans evaporate more moisture into cloud formations and render cataclysmic events. Coral reefs and oyster beds have been decimated. Droughts, heat waves, floods, and wildfires dominate the news. So, where does the medical profession stand on all of this?


Paul S. Auerbach MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM, FAAEM, Paul

 

Stanford University School of Medicine

Climate Change

February 5, 2018

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