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Climate change brings more pests - and diseases

Climate Change and EnergyLydia SullivanComment

As the climate changes, human health is at greater risk. The medical community is beginning to warn the public of the health consequences of climate change. Ticks, mice, mosquitoes and other pests and rodents are on the increase from warming temperatures and longer warm seasons  – bringing with them an associated increase in human disease. A new report from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health details how pests and other climate change effects are worsening health:

In communities across the nation, climate change is harming our health now. Doctors know this because they’re seeing the health of their patients being harmed. Public health professionals know this too, because they’re seeing increasing rates of health problems associated with climate change in their communities. These harms include heat-related illness, worsening chronic illnesses, injuries and deaths from dangerous weather events, infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks, illnesses from contaminated food and water and mental health problems.

The last three years have been the hottest on record, and Antarctic sea ice is melting at a record pace. As the climate changes, human health is at greater risk. 

As the risks become clearer, we must redouble our efforts to reduce our dependence on  – and the pollution from  –  fossil fuels. Chesapeake PSR actively advocates for clean renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and policies. We also build the knowledge base and advocacy skills of health professionals and health advocates so that they can play a critical part in addressing issues related to climate change, energy choices and human health.

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