A new federal government report predicts a horrible fate for America, which is about to get sicker because of man-made global warming.
The Obama administration issued on Monday a 332-page report that said global warming will have several harmful effects, such as dirtying the air, contaminating the water, and tainting the food.
At the same time, the population has been warned about thousands of heat wave deaths, longer allergy seasons, and diseases, such as those spread by mosquitoes and ticks.
As if that wasn’t enough, Gina McCarthy, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that climate change will also affect people’s mental health. We are used to thinking of global warming only in terms of endangered polar bears and melting ice caps.
But our future and the future of our families is also at play, according to McCarthy speech at a White House event presenting the report.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy also explains that climate change has more effects on people than anything doctors have dealt with in the past. Air pollution coming from traffic and power plants is one of the most dangerous pathways that make people sick.
Murthy painted a horrible picture in which we won’t be able to breathe. This is “one of the most frightening experiences for people,” said the surgeon.
Since asthma is already a leading cause of children going to the emergency room, the new report adds to that by talking about “scary moments for parents and children.”
Lynn Goldman, the dean of the George Washington University’s public health school, said that the air pollution, heat, and an increased number of allergens will add to asthma cases and cause a significant worsening overall.
On the other hand, John Holdren, a science adviser at the White House, highlighted the fact that heat waves cause “thousands to tens of thousands of heat-related deaths in the United States each summer.”
According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), computer simulations of 209 cities suggested that extraordinary summer heat deaths will surpass fewer winter cold deaths from climate change.
The report has tapped into data from more than 1,800 published scientific studies, combined it with new federal research, and was then reviewed and approved by the National Academies of Sciences.
While the report establishes without a shadow of a doubt that climate change has become a major threat to public health in the United States, it also states the government isn’t doing enough.
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