Report warns of public health hazards of climate change

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison warn that the number of abnormally hot days in the Midwest and East is expected to triple by mid-century, which could have a significant impact on public health. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and were presented at the Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health in New York this week. Experts from public health, air quality, and climate science collaborated on the new study.

Based on an analysis of climate data, researchers forecast that New York City and Milwaukee could see as many as three times the number of 90-degree days by 2046, with Dallas experiencing twice as many 100-degree days. The study spotlights a trend between high-temperature days and high-ozone days over the past few years.

Other climate-related health risks noted in the study were chronic health risks due to air pollution, a rise in the number of severe storms, increased waterborne and infectious disease risks and increased malnutrition and obesity rates due to unhealthy diets.

The study provides different science-based tactics for limiting fossil fuel consumption while maintaining health, such as reducing meat consumption, designing sustainable cities, passing improved carbon policies, and promoting walking or biking commutes to work.

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