This Inside Climate News article discusses a warning from multiple US medical groups – climate change is a ‘health emergency’. ‘I’ve seen a lot, but this scares me,’ one doctor said. Ahead of the first debates, 70-plus health groups call for moving away from fossil fuels.
The nation’s leading medical organizations are urging political candidates “to recognize climate change as a health emergency.” As the campaign season enters full gear, they issued a call on Monday for urgent action on “one of the greatest threats to health America has ever faced.”
More than 70 health organizations signed a statement that, among other things, calls for a move away from fossil fuels. The groups cite storm and flood emergencies, chronic air pollution, the spread of diseases carried by insects, and especially heat-related illnesses.
Europe is anticipating an intense heat wave starting this week, and parts of the U.S., where extreme heat has been the leading cause of weather-related deaths, have already experienced record-breaking heat this year.