Asthma, Disease Worsening from Climate Change, House Panel Told

Feb. 5, 2020, 5:52 PM

Climate change is worsening heart and lung disease, raising asthma rates, causing post-traumatic stress, and increasing people’s exposure to infectious diseases carried by mosquitoes that thrive in warmer weather, witnesses told a House committee.

The testimony to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on Wednesday will feed into the recommendations the committee sends to congressional leaders before the end of March.

A handful of extreme weather events in 2012—including wildfires in Colorado and Washington, a Lyme disease outbreak in Michigan, and algae blooms in Florida—imposed $10 billion in health care costs, one of the witnesses, former EPA Administrator ...

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