Occupational health physicians respond to climate-change challenges

This article discusses a group of Texas physicians attempts to

Workers whose jobs take them outdoors suffer the worst of Texas’ climate – summer heat and often blistering sun, torrential rain and flooding, the threat of grass fires, air pollution and allergens, diseases borne by water and insects, as well as the anxiety stemming from direct exposure to these factors that will only increase as the world’s climate changes.

In response to these new demands, Dr. William Brett Perkison, assistant professor in the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston, and his colleagues on the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Task Force on Climate Change have issued a guidance paper on the responsibilities of experts to identify and mitigate the harmful impacts wrought by a human-disrupted climate.

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