Medical Concerns Rising about Heat Impacts

June 20, 2022

As climate change turns up the heat, increasing recognition in the medical community of adverse health impacts.

American Medical Association put out a statement last week identifying climate change as a serious health concern. Above, PBS interview points out that new research shows healthy human beings are mover vulnerable to heat effects than previously thought.

American Medical Association:

With climate change negatively impacting the health in the U.S. and around the globe, the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted policy during the Annual Meeting of its House of Delegates declaring climate change a public health crisis that threatens the health and well-being of all people. Building on existing efforts to address the climate crisis, the new policy specifically mobilizes the AMA to advocate for policies that limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions aimed at carbon neutrality by 2050, and support rapid implementation and incentivization of clean energy solutions and significant investments in climate resilience through a climate justice lens.

As part of the new policy, the AMA will develop a strategic plan for how to enact its climate change policies, including advocacy priorities and strategies to decarbonize physician practices and the health sector with a report back to the House of Delegates at the 2023 Annual Meeting.

“The scientific evidence is clear – our patients are already facing adverse health effects associated with climate change, from heat-related injuries, vector-borne diseases and air pollution from wildfires, to worsening seasonal allergies and storm-related illness and injuries. Like the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis will disproportionately impact the health of historically marginalized communities,” said AMA Board Member Ilse R. Levin, D.O., M.P.H. “Taking action now won’t reverse all of the harm done, but it will help prevent further damage to our planet and our patients’ health and well-being.

New policy also recognizes the health, safety, and climate risks of current methods of producing fossil fuel-derived hydrogen and the dangers of adding hydrogen to natural gas.

The policies adopted today build upon AMA’s existing policy and efforts to promote environmental sustainability and efforts to halt the global climate crisis, including policy to help physicians in adopting environmentally-sustainable programs in their practices and sharing these concepts with their patients and communities. As part of AMA’s ongoing commitment to address climate change, the AMA is a member of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector—a public-private partnership among the health sector aimed at mitigating climate change and protecting human health, well-being, and equity by addressing the sector’s environmental impact.


One Response to “Medical Concerns Rising about Heat Impacts”

  1. Anthony O'Brien Says:

    Try doing laps at 28C water temp in the pool. It’s great for relaxing and some play, but not serious work. Our ability to work is seriously impaired long before 100% humidity at 95F. !00% humidity at 95 F is survival limit pushing for the healthy.

    The brain fog can also be salt imbalance. If you have been drinking plenty of water and sweating heaps, then although your thirsty water makes your nauseous, salt is the likely problem. A Gatorade or similar can make an instant difference. For me 600 ml Gatorade after 4 litres of water. Too much salt is really bad too, don’t go overboard.

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