Environmental Protection, p. 11

The Think Tank’s forthcoming report, “Tribal Health Priorities,” covers all six and provides some of the historical, political, social and cultural contexts key to understanding the issues tribal communities face, including the effects of climate change. Climate change significantly impacts tribal air, water and food. It has resulted in rising coastal water levels; more frequent forest and grass fires; increased pests and vector-borne disease; extreme weather conditions; decreased food availability; lower inland water and underground aquifer levels and non-native plant encroachment.  Click here for the complete article.

 

The Lancet on Climate Change

Climate change is already affecting the health of populations around the world, but things are set to get worse if adequate changes aren't made, according to an international consortium of climate experts.

Fueling the impact is the fact that more than 2,100 cities globally exceed recommended levels of atmospheric particulate matter -- particles emitted when fuels, such as coal or diesel, are burned and are small enough to get into the lungs -- says a report published Monday in the medical journal The Lancet.

Since 1990, exposure to fine particulate matter -- smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter -- increased by 11.2%, the report states, aided by a slow transition away from fossil fuels.

Climate change "is the major health threat of the 21st century," said Hugh Montgomery, co-chairman of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change and director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London in the UK. "There's an urgent need to address it."

 

Report: pollution kills more worldwide than tobacco
Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet. The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied to a wide range of diseases. Those studies observed populations exposed to pollutants and compared them to people not exposed. The studies have shown that pollution is causing diseases — many of them potentially fatal — including asthma, cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders, birth defects in children, heart disease, stroke and lung disease. The nine million figure adds up to 16 percent of all deaths worldwide, killing more people than tobacco and three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.  Click here for a news report.

 

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