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Wisconsin health providers agree that climate change is a medical problem

Wisconsin health providers agree that climate change is a medical problem

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Top medical journals ranked last year WarnedIt was not COVID-19 that was the greatest threat for public health, but climate change.

Climate change in the Midwest is likely to lead to extreme temperatures and flooding. Accordingto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tuesday’s meeting was attended by Wisconsin officials and health care professionals who discussed the possibility of using more renewable energy to reduce ocean warming.

“Climate change is here,” said Dr. Andrew Lewandowski, of Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action.

“There will be climate cascades, thresholds, and tipping points that are out of our control. After that, the only thing humans have to do is adapt to climate changes. Lewandowski spoke at a Wisconsin Health News panel. “There will be no more prevention.” Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Monica Nakielski of Advocate Aurora Health and state Rep. Supreme Moore Omokunde, D-Milwaukee.

According to a 2020 University of Wisconsin Madison survey, 69 percent of Wisconsin residents are aware that global warming has occurred. ReportThis indicated that people are “eager to hear” from health professionals.

Lewandowski is also a pediatrician at Group Health Cooperative Madison. He said that his young patients come to see him for clearance to participate in two-a-day sports practices that may be held on days when it is extremely hot. He stated that this is directly related to climate change. He also mentioned indirect examples such as irritability or depression, which could cause domestic violence to increase on really hot day.

Some Wisconsin health systems are using different approaches to slow climate change. Advocate Aurora hopes that all can rely on her. renewable electricity by 2030, said Monica Nakielski, director of sustainability, who pointed out that Sheboygan and Milwaukee are One of the most polluted cities in the nationYou can get ozone or year-round particles, which can cause asthma attacks and heart problems. 

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Nakielski emphasized the threat by pointing to the death in 2013 of a 9 year-old girl who died from an asthma attack and cardiac arrest. Her death certificate listed Air pollution as a cause for death.  New research has also been published in New York Times  suggests that even low levels of soot can be deadly for older people.

Rep. Omokunde said that climate change has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and areas with fewer resources. Not only because they often have poorer health to begin with, he said, but also because they will have to spend more money to stay warm or cool.

Barnes, who chairs this committee, stated that “This is exactly an equity issue.” Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. “I try my best to ensure that when we have those discussions, equity, we talk about climate change.”

Task force RecommendationsInclude ways to adapt to and decrease the effects of climate changes across the board Nine focus areas:

  • Climate Justice & Equity
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Agriculture
  • Resilient Systems
  • Clean Economy
  • Education
  • Food Systems
  • Forestry

The recommendations call on Wisconsin’s state agency to take policy changes and executive action, as well as increase or provide funding for various proposals.

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