Every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change.
That’s the conclusion from a report released Monday, the first day of National Public Health Week, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seven other federal agencies, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Climate change exacerbates some existing health threats and creates new public health challenges, the report, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment,” said.
Some examples of the increased health risks found in the assessment include:
- Air pollution and airborne allergens will likely increase, worsening allergy and asthma conditions.
- Extreme heat can be expected to cause an increase in the number of premature deaths.