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Climate Change Costs Billions in Human Health, Researchers Say (1)

Sept. 18, 2019, 7:57 PMUpdated: Sept. 18, 2019, 10:00 PM

Climate change damages human health to the tune of billions of dollars every year, researchers said Sept. 18.

That finding is based on a new paper co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the University of California, San Francisco, that tracked 10 climate-related events in 2012—including Superstorm Sandy, ozone air pollution in Nevada, and a West Nile virus outbreak in Texas.

Those events resulted in more than $10 billion in health costs, some 900 deaths, 21,000 hospitalizations, and 18,000 emergency room visits, said Vijay Limaye, the study’s lead author and a climate and health science fellow at NRDC’s Science ...