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GHG relation to health

How does this relate to public health?

Greenhouse gases are contributing to global warming and climate change by causing increased temperatures. Warmer temperatures may lead to increased frequency and severity of heat-related illnesses and reduced water and air quality, which in turn have a variety of adverse effects on human health. These include increased risk for cancer, foodborne and waterborne illnesses, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, mental health and stress-related illnesses, and human developmental effects.1

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1Portier CJ, et al. 2010. A human health perspective on climate change: a report outlining the research needs on the human health effects of climate change. Research Triangle Park, NC: Environmental Health Perspectives/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. doi:10.1289/ehp.1002272 <www.niehs.nih.gov/climatereport> Accessed November 17, 2012.

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