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Climate is Canada’s Biggest Public Health Concern, MDs Report

Climate change is Canada’s most important health issue, and “probably the biggest societal issue we should be having a conversation around,” a group of public health specialists convened by the Canadian Medical Association concluded earlier this month. “Public-health experts say the effects of climate change—from poor air quality to severe weather events to new vector-born diseases—are harming Canadians’ health,” the Globe reports. “Poor air quality—which Canadians can expect more of with increased traffic congestion, forest fires, and pollen production—results in more symptoms of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, increased rates of emergency-room visits and hospitalizations, and deaths from asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease.” (h/t Jenelle Ross via the GLOBE Group [1])

 

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