Blogs and Op-Eds

High risk US policy on climate change

As a family medicine physician, a health policy expert, and now as Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, Dr. Mona Sarfaty is uniquely qualified to comment on the health implications of recent White House Executive Order rescinding, revising and reviewing regulatory decisions and authorities of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…
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Zika virus: A call to action for physicians in the era of climate change

In February 2016, the World Health Organization declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus to be a "public health emergency of international concern."  Many people are wondering whether climate change is playing a role in generating this scourge.  They are turning to physicians and other medical professionals to answer their questions.  This editorial discusses the role of…
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Allergists See Climate Change Affecting Their Patients

Consensus across numerous scientific studies shows that increased emissions of carbon dioxide contribute to the formation of ground level ozone and to increases in allergenic pollen production – both of which trigger asthma attacks and worsen allergic symptoms among the millions adults and children nationwide who are affected by asthma and/or seasonal allergic rhinitis. This mounting evidence…
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Allergies and Asthma: Insights on Climate and Health

Mounting evidence has been demonstrating the threats climate change poses to human health in the United States, particularly for vulnerable populations such as young children, the elderly, those living in poverty, and those whose health is already compromised by chronic conditions.  The most apparent and widespread impacts to human health at this time affect the…
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