Medical Groups Denounce U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord
Members of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH) have called President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change a "dangerous step backwards" and a "rejection of science-based decision-making.” According to the MSCCH, climate change caused by greenhouse emissions could have dangerous consequences for human health, resulting in extreme storms and heat waves, poor air quality, coastal flooding, and increased transmission of vector-borne diseases.
In a news release, MSCCH Director Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, stated, “Climate change is the greatest public health challenge of our time.”
The MSCCH includes the following organizations, among others: the American College of Physicians; the American Academy of Family Physicians; the American Academy of Pediatrics; the National Medical Association; the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and the American College of Preventive Medicine. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD dispute the science behind the Paris agreement and support the President’s decision.