Climate Change is Bad For Our Health

The threat of global climate change isn't only a threat about wild weather.

According to a new report produced by eight different government agencies, the health risks of climate change should also give us cause for concern.

We have known for some time that rising temperatures mean super storms and sea level rise, but now we're learning how warmer temperatures also mean more chronic respiratory issues, more insect-borne illnesses, and more chemical toxins in our food supply.

And, those health risks will likely have a disproportionate impact on children, elderly, communities of color, and pregnant women.

EPA director Gina McCarthy said, “Climate change endangers our health by affecting our food and water sources, the air we breath and the weather we experience.

It will exacerbate certain health effects that already exist, and create new ones.” To protect vulnerable people in our nation from these dangerous health issues, we better get busy fighting for more climate solutions.


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Edward J. Dodson 8 years 9 weeks ago

In order to understand what must be done to reverse (or at least slow and eventually halt) the destructive changes in the planet’s climate, we must first face the reality that the law of every society on the planet favor landed (i.e., rentier) interests over those who work to produce goods and provide services. This has resulted in an accelerating rate of monopolization over our land and natural resources. There is only one practical means of correcting this situation, and this is to change the way governments raise revenue. As many of the great thinkers of the past – a list that includes Richard Cantillon, Adam Smith, Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Henry George, Leo Tolstoy, Winston Churchill, Sun Yat-sen and many others – came to understand, the value of land is societally- and not-individually created. What is termed “the rent of land” is, by definition, societal property. Landed interests have been successful in capturing this value for themselves, so that societies must impose heavy taxation on the producers in order to pay for public goods and services. The result of these arrangements are everywhere to see: resources extracted without concern for environmental destruction, ongoing pollution of the ground, air and water, sprawling development that has caused the paving over of the countryside (and much of world’s best agricultural land), use of the oceans as a dumping ground for toxic wastes and plastic discards. There is not much time left to address these problems. In not too many years a significant portion of the planet will no longer be habitable – by humans or most other species.

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Kend 8 years 9 weeks ago

I have to be honest. I liked it so much more when it was global warming. A few storms are nothing compared to shovelling snow until you have a heart attack or you freeze to death. You in the south quit your whining.

Instant-RunOff-... 8 years 9 weeks ago

Whatever the effects will be, get used to it, because nothing will be done. In fact all that is being done is putting up some nutty wind turbines and solar panels which doesn't achieve zip but impresses the hell out of gullible fools. Greenwashing for Natural Gas. Thom complains a lot about climate change but offers no solution to the problem. Throwing valuable capital down the sewer putting up wind turbines and solar panels only serves to push up electricity prices so the poor can't afford electricity. No humanitarian would support that.

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Hephaestus 8 years 9 weeks ago

#3... agreed! We are like a totally oblivious lobster in the water which is gradually heating to the point where death occurs

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Larry Taylor 8 years 9 weeks ago

$110,000,000 and 23° C. This is how much the Koch Brothers put into their petroleum lobby to promote petroleum automobiles. And this is how much Greenland and the Arctic has warmed up. In NYC, the world agreed on 2°, Paris asked for a lower temperature of 1.5°. Do you know someone that bought a fossil fueled car in the last 5 years? They stupidly bought into a false argument that gas is cheap so someone could make more money. If you care about the environment, stop eating meat, buy an EV and solar panels and a small wind turbine to charge the car. Then convince a friend to do the same. And stop traveling by plane or cruise ship.

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Kend 8 years 9 weeks ago

Sorry Larry. I am with run off. Trillions have been wasted on this and nothing has changed. Just think, if that money was spent on education and health care instead of this scam how much better off we would all be.

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RFord 8 years 9 weeks ago

We can't expect everyone to switch to electric cars tomorrow but progress is being made. Tesla has a new car that has a lower price than their luxury car. There are many hybrids on the market, not just cars, but, busses, pickups, and larger trucks. Wind and solar power are increasing. The switch to green energy is happening but the speed at which the switch is happening needs to keep increasing. Even China is cutting back on their pollution. I saw Kevin Martin on Thom's show objecting to the realism of global warming as many do but with recent drastic storms , weather patterns, and record temperatures, many people are becoming believers. Still there are those that resist, asking who's going to pay for these changes? Who are you going to burden with the costs? How can you put all of the people out of work that work in fossil fuel related jobs? The answer to these questions are simple. It will be paid for with the lives of our grandchildren and mankind if you think that it's too expensive now to convert to green energy now. The costs are going to be high if we go to green energy or if we don't go to green energy. Every year the climate scientist are telling us that global warming and climate change is accelerating at a faster rate than they had predicted the year before. As I said conversion to green energy is already happening but we've got to vote the climate change deniers out of office in order to accelerate the conversion to green energy with meaningful legislation. We have already changed the Earth's climate with our carbon pollution. We can change it again by stopping our carbon pollution. We, mankind, either do it and live or don't do it and die. It's that simple.

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chuckle8 8 years 9 weeks ago

If the fossil fuel industry would not externalize their costs, I think the problem would be solved. These are costs that have nothing to do with global warming. Including these costs in the price of a gallon of gasoline would add $10 to the cost of a gallon. Dylan Ratigan in his book "Greedy Bastards" details these costs. As an example, one component of the additional $10 would be to pay for the navy to protect the shipping of petroleum.

"Kicking the can down the road" seems to be one of the skills that repugs and the billionaires are experts in.

At $12 a gallon, that bus or bicycle ride to work would seem a lot more attractive. Let the marketplace solve this problem.

Instant-RunOff-... 8 years 9 weeks ago

A lot of people believe in pipe dreams, and tidbit improvements in minor areas. Sorry folks you are just pissing on a giant bonfire fueled by an endless supply of oil, gas & coal that vested interests will stop at nothing to sell.

First off, it is amazing how so many seem to believe the west is the entire world. Sorry to burst your balloon but it ain't. The west will only be 20% of the World's population and povery stricken developing nations are demanding Real Energy, that is 24/7, economical, night/day, windy/calm, monsoon/volcanic eruption/rainforest energy. That will be coal, oil, NG or Nuclear. And that is where the emissions will originate. Meanwhile the west with their tidbit of EVs, Hybrids, solar panels and wind turbines might barely, hopefully, maybe, maybe not, almost keep their GHG emissions constant, but only by not counting all the biomass emissions and the fracking methane emissions which they like to ignore. And of course all the embodied emissions in all the goods they import from China and other developing nations that are part in parcel with the free trade shipping of most heavy industry overseas.

So don't be delusional. Nothing is being done. Just a lot of spin, propaganda, smoke-and-mirrors. Gullible fools suck that all in, but rational people can see right through the deception. Grow up children.

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