White House Climate Change Summit Highlights Health Dangers

June 24, 2015
by Kimberly Leonard
U.S. News & World Report

According to the Trust for America's Health, excessively high temperatures, heavy downpours, wildfires, severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and other extreme weather events all have potentially dangerous implications for public health.

"We know that, as climate and weather patterns shift, they contribute to the emergence of new diseases and the re-emergence or spread of diseases that were nearly eradicated or thought to be under control," Jeffrey Levi, the organization's executive director, said in a statement. "As changes in temperature and weather patterns allow pathogens to expand into different geographic regions, some vector- and zoonotic-borne diseases may increase along with foodborne and waterborne diseases."

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