New report outlines health effects of climate change

Healthcare

Nurses say Michigan’s asthma rate is 25 percent higher than the national average.

A new report says climate change is to blame for that, and other health effects.

The report says air pollution, and extreme weather, like heat waves and flooding, cause asthma and premature death.

 (CDC, 2016)

(CDC, 2016)

Joyce Stein is a Michigan registered nurse and board member of the Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments, who released the report.

“So here in Michigan the problems already very real. Asthma rates are already far higher than the national average, in fact they are a full 25 – percent above the average. That’s due in large part because of Michigan’s reliance on dirty coal-fired power plants.”

Katie Huffling is the Executive Director of the ANHE.

“Even simple things like making sure lights are turned off in hospital rooms when you have large facilities like this. Those types of small changes can actually have a really big impact on the amount of energy that’s being used by that hospital. And if that source of energy is a something like a coal-fired plant, you’re reducing the air pollution that’s linked to climate change.”

Stein said people who are impacted by the health effects of climate change are often elderly or very young and live in rural areas.