Doctors Warn Climate Change Will Threaten Public Health

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Local doctors call it the tipping point for a global climate crisis.

"There's going to be more lung cancer, there's going to be more asthma," said Sherri Moore, of the SEIU Nurse Alliance.

"It's a vicious cycle, one day our earth will not be a healthy place to live," said Sparrow Pediatric Pulmonologist, Dr. Autumn Clos.

That's why local nurses and doctors are just a few of hundreds across the state calling on Michigan's U.S. Senators to pass legislation, as did the U.S. House, to combat climate change that could cost lives.

"Diseases that could re-insert themselves in the the United States if we have significant climate change," said Dr. Dean Sienko of the Ingham County Health Department.

"Some of these changes that we're already seeing would be happening, they're coming much earlier than we ever anticipated," Clos said.

The EPA reports that cases of childhood asthma have doubled in the past 20 years, Dr. Clos sees it firsthand.

"Michigan has a little bit higher levels of asthma than other states," Clos said.

The World Health Organization projects that climate linked disease tolls will double by 2030 if no action is taken, and experts say children and the elderly are the most at risk.

"Children are smaller, they breath faster, so they're breathing more of these pollutants," Clos said.

And here in Michigan they're predicting extreme heatwaves in the coming years, putting the low-income and elderly in the danger zone for death.

"Very serious heatwaves, we've seen these happen over the past 10 years, not only here locally but in other places around the country, and so we have to be aware of this and we have to address this," Sienko said.

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  • by Jim Location: Jackson on Sep 20, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    To Carl: 2012. That's all I have to say. 3 more years.
  • by carl Location: MI on Sep 18, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    The earth will be a dangerous place to live?It is now in many countries and look at how we dump garbage into oceans.look at how toxins have been burried under ground,dumped in rives,and the coal sludge problems.Lakes are polluted,right along with drinking water many use.Look at chemicals used on crops,stuff we eat no less.Look what they use to treat our drinking water.Look what they put in foods to keep them around longer.Then many believe the earth will be consumed by fire by what they read in the bible.That says it will have to get pretty hot.So if thats what is meant to be,there's a reason for what's going on and man won't stop it.So much pollution in the air.Auto's,planes,trains,space travel,ships,all the factories,And all the modern things that has made mans life easier?All had to be ran on some fuels?Man has been living to kill himself for how long now?I think we are worrying about the earth a little to late.Weather proves that.More costs to tax payers and business?
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:56 PM
    Better get Al Gore on the scene before everyone gets sick...
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