How Are Climate Change and Health Connected? Ask Your Doctor.

Doctor and patient Americans are feeling the impacts of climate change, whether they realize it or not. In a recent survey, a majority of medical professionals in the fields of respiratory disease and critical care reported seeing climate-change-related health effects in their patients. 77 percent noticed an increase in diseases linked to air pollution, and 58 percent saw a rise in allergic reactions.
According to this Huffington Post article, around ¾ of respondents also said they believed physicians should take a major advocacy role on this issue. Their engagement can be crucial in raising public awareness and making climate change a more tangible and personal concern. As Dr. Mona Sarfaty, the chief author of the study, pointed out, “Not too many people personally know a climate scientist. But they do know physicians, and physicians are well thought of.”
That’s the idea behind our Climate for Health program, which empowers health leaders across the entire health sector to address the impacts of climate change and foster support for climate solutions. Visit the website for tools and resources that can guide you on the path to a positive future.

Survey Finds Doctors Concerned About Impacts Of Climate Change On Patient Health

Kate Sheppard, contributor to The Huffington Post
American medical professionals specializing in respiratory conditions and critical care are concerned about what climate change may mean for patient health, a new survey finds.
A survey of members of the American Thoracic Society, which represents 15,000 physicians and other medical professionals who work in the fields of respiratory disease, critical care and sleep disorder, finds that the majority of respondents said they were already seeing health effects in their patients that they believe are linked to climate change. Seventy-seven percent said they have seen an increase in chronic diseases related to air pollution, and 58 percent said they’d seen increased allergic reactions from plants or mold. Fifty-seven percent of participants said they’d also seen injuries related to severe weather.
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