Climate change is already leaving thousands hospitalized or dead in the US

Mail Online | 10/29/2012 | Stacy Liberatore For
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Climate change is not just killing our planet, but is also threatening human health.

A new study has found that about 900 deaths, 21,000 hospitalizations and $10 billion in added healthcare costs were attributed to climate-sensitive events in 2012 alone.

Findings - Climate - Change - Issue - Health

The new findings have suggested that climate change is not just an environmental issue, but 'represents a major public health emergency' in the United States.

The research was compiled by a team of experts from Columbia University, the University of California Los Angeles and the non-profit environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Events - US - States - Study - GeoHealth

Ten climate-sensitive events that hit 11 US states in 2012 were analyzed for the study published in journal GeoHealth.

The team examined wildfires in Colorado and Washington, ozone air pollution in Nevada, extreme heat in Wisconsin, infectious disease outbreaks of tick‐borne Lyme disease in Michigan and mosquito‐borne West Nile virus in Texas, extreme weather in Ohio, impacts of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York, allergenic oak pollen in North Carolina, and harmful algal blooms on the Florida coast.

Valuation - Approach - Studies - State - Estimates

'Applying a consistent economic valuation approach to published studies and state estimates, we estimate total health‐related costs from 917 deaths, 20,568 hospitalizations, and 17,857 emergency department visits of $10.0 billion in 2018 dollars, with a sensitivity range of $2.7–24.6 billion,' reads the study.

The team found Hurricane Sandy, which hit was 'the deadliest and most destructive' hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, to have the most devastating impact.

Storm - Coastline - US - States - October

The storm struck the coastline of the northeastern US states on October 29, 2012, delivering up to one foot of rain within two days and causing power outages for more than 20 million residents for periods of days to weeks.

Sandy's breadth pushed much more water into New Jersey and New York, dropped 3 feet of snow in West Virginia, caused 20-foot waves on the distant...
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