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Report: Health Impacts from Climate Change a ‘New Kind of Threat’ (with No Easy Cure)

Climate change is a serious threat to public health, particularly for pregnant women, children, communities of color, and low-income people, a government report issued Monday has warned.

The report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessmentfinds that rising temperatures in the coming years will bring along with them the increased risk of:

  • death from heat stroke, particularly in the summer months;
  • chronic and acute respiratory issues;
  • vector-borne illnesses like the West Nile virus and Lyme disease, as well as the new emergence of new pathogens;
  • chemical toxins in the food chain;
  • and mental health consequences of being exposed to climate disasters—among a litany of other risks.

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