U.S. Is Unprepared for the Health Challenges of Climate Change, Experts Warn

This article discusses how unprepared the US is for climate change-caused health problems, such as insect-borne disease and damage to hospitals during disasters.

The United States isn’t ready for the public health problems climate change will bring, experts warned Congress last week.

From the spread of insect-borne disease to the risks to public health centers and outpatient facilities from environmental disasters, public health professionals on Capitol Hill told congressional staffers there is much work to be done to prepare for potential health risks to the American public at the federal, state and local levels.

“Climate change isn’t the singular cause of catastrophe, but it has widened the expanse of social vulnerability to disasters,” said Marccus Hendricks, an assistant professor in the urban studies and planning program at the University of Maryland.

 

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