American Thoracic Society Member Survey on Climate Change and Health

DateFebruary 26, 2015

AuthorMona Sarfaty1, Brittany Bloodhart1, Gary Ewart2, George D. Thurston3, John R. Balmes4, Tee L. Guidotti5, and Edward W. Maibach1

SourceCenter for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; 2American Thoracic Society, Washington, DC; 3New York University Medical Center, New York, New York; 4University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California; and 5Institute for Science, Society, Policy, University of Ottowa, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada

This report presents the results of a survey of U.S. American Thoracic Society members on questions related to global climate change. The majority of respondents indicated that they are observing adverse impacts on the health of their patients attributable to climate change. An accompanying editorial by Mary Rice summarizes reputed adverse effects of climate change on lung health and urges pulmonologists to engage now, by focusing on informing the public and elected government representatives about the health consequences of climate change. In a Perspective on the subject, Gary Ewart, the ATS Senior Director for Government Relations, and his physician colleagues draw a parallel between current international efforts to control global greenhouse gas emissions and the successful international effort to control atmospheric ozone depletion 20 to 30 years ago. The authors remind us that the ATS played an important role in reducing the release of ozone-depleting emissions from inhaler medications. They argue that the organization can be similarly effective by engaging as environmental health experts in current international negotiations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Resource Categories

Type Peer-Reviewed

Topic Respiratory health

Region US