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Why This Matters: Scientists believe that these viruses are increasing because of hotter, wetter weatherbrought on by climate change, which has created ideal conditions for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Combine that with urbanization that results in vulnerable populations living in close contact withdisease-carrying insects and you have a bona fide public health crisis. Half the world is now at risk of getting dengue fever according to the World Health Organization (WHO), its infection rate has increased 30-fold in the last 50 years.
The editors of over 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that climate change is a health issue and that its effects could become “catastrophic” if world leaders don’t do more to address it. The health impacts of climate change include wildfire smoke–which has been linked to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases–and pollutants […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The EPA has announced that it will propose the first-ever limits on the discharge of polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in wastewater. The class of chemicals, often called “forever chemicals,” can accumulate in the environment and the human body and contribute to health problems. However, public health and environmental […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The editors of more than 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that human health is being harmed by climate change, and that the effects could become catastrophic if governments don’t do more to address it. The unprecedented joint editorial cites climate change’s proven links to “heat […]
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