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CDC scientist: climate change health impacts need study

Tuesday, February 12, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Illness in the Air, Toxic Fish, More Injuries from Extreme Weather


New diseases from warmer climates already are showing up in unexpected places, says epidemiologist George Luber, associate director for global climate change at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For Instance, fish in the northern Gulf of Mexico are now being poisoned by toxic algae more common in the tropics, and Vancopuver Island in British Columbia is the unlikely new home of tropical yeast-based fungi that cause lung disease in humans when inhaled. Luber says the intersection of health and climate science is complex and new, and existing data is inadequate for the needs of public health administrators whose job it is to keep the public sage. Read the Scientific American story by Jean Chemnick and Climate Wire.

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