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Climate Change Might Already be Hurting Your Health

Annie Hauser
Published: August 9, 2013

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Every area of the country is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to Dr. George Luber, associate director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s climate and health program.

Some effects are already noticeable. For example, you might be surprised to learn that climate change plays a role in health conditions such as asthma and allergies.

Luber said that public health officials need to be equipped to respond to the variety of health issues affected by climate change. Already, the CDC has rolled out a program for “climate-ready states and cities.” “There are 16 states and two cities that [the CDC] funds to work through the BRACE process — Building Resistance Against Climate Effects,” Luber said. “We engage climate scientists and local public health officials to anticipate, predict and prepare for large climate events.”

Here are a few examples of the short-term effects of climate change that may already be affecting your health — no matter where you live in the country — plus a look at more severe trends on the way, according to Luber and the CDC.

NEXT: Allergies, Asthma and Climate Change


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