Washington — Risks to international public health from floods, heat waves and droughts arising from climate change are becoming the focus of global health organizations and officials around the world.
A range of health problems is expected to accompany rising temperatures worldwide, especially in developing countries, according to Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, part two of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fourth assessment report.
“The health of all individuals is influenced by the health of people, animals and the environment around us,” Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said October 23 in testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. “Many trends within this larger, interdependent ecologic system influence public health on a global scale, including climate change.”
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