The impact of climate change on the US healthcare system

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Changing weather patterns are impacting the spread of water-, vector- and food-borne diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that climate change will cause an additional $2 billion in healthcare costs by 2030 due to increased air pollution, an increase in heat waves and wildfires, and more frequent extreme weather events. These factors have already impacted hospital emergency rooms across the country and have led to a higher number of patients with respiratory illnesses like asthma.

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