The overarching message of the recent Lancet report is that climate change is "the most serious threat to public health of the 21st century, while also presenting massive potential for improvements in public health." Few organizations have been working on both health and environmental issues since the germination of the term "environmental health", but our partner organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), is one of them. PSR recognizes that there are major health implications we must consider when producing energy, and that waste from each of these energy sources is the cause of these problems. Coal fired power plants produce air pollution and coal ash, nuclear power plants produce radioactive waste, natural gas production (fracking) requires chemicals to be injected into the ground. All of these forms of waste cause disease. This is why health professionals are now engaging in what were once seen as "environmental issues". Clinicians, nurses and public health practitioners who want to become more involved can use Climate for Health as a resource. We have tools to help you make an impact, and a circle of leadership willing to guide you.
MPBN News (Maine's NPR News Source)
By Patty Wight I Jun 18, 2015
The group Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has released an update to a 2010 report on the health consequences of climate change.
Board member of the Maine chapter, Dr. Lani Graham, says the rise in vector borne-diseases is particularly troubling. The number of reported Lyme disease cases in Maine has increased 1,800 percent in 14 years.
"It's not just going to be Lyme disease," Graham said at a Portland news conference. "There are other diseases and illnesses out there that are going to be present."
The release of the report comes on the same day that Pope Francis declared climate change a moral imperative. Graham says both individual and government action are needed to reduce climate change.
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