ACP urges physicians to step up climate change fight

Climate change will have devastating consequences for public and individual health unless aggressive, global action is taken now to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the American College of Physicians (ACP) says in a new policy paper published in Annals of Internal

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Climate change threatens hearts, lungs but also brains

Climate change can be expected to boost the number of annual premature U.S. deaths from heat waves in coming decades and to increase mental health problems from extreme weather like hurricanes and floods, a U.S. study said on Monday, April

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Drilling for Earthquakes

To Cathy Wallace, the earthquakes that have been rattling her tidy suburban home in Dallas feel like underground thunderstorms. First comes a distant roar, then a boom and a jolt. Her house shakes and the windows shudder. Framed prints on

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Climate change is fueling an impending malnutrition crisis, even for the well-fed

According to a study released in the medical journal Lancet, climate change could result in the deaths of half a million adults due to malnutrition per year by 2050. The modelling study, conducted by the University of Oxford’s Marco Springmann,

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Environmental risks killing 12.6 million people, WHO study says

Nearly one in four deaths are linked to unhealthy environments and are avoidable, a new World Health Organisation study – the first major assessment of environmental risk since 2006 – has shown. It suggests environmental risks now contribute to more than 100

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Air pollution linked to 5.5 million premature deaths

Air pollution caused more than 5.5 million people to die prematurely in 2013 with more than half of those deaths in India and China and illnesses in those countries almost certain to rise. According to scientists from the U.S., Canada,

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What does coal have to do with hunger?

Coal pollution is the single biggest driver of climate change on the planet. If we keep burning fossil fuels at the rate we are now, climate change could push 50 million people into hunger by 2050. It’s not too late

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Climate change kills the mood: economists warn of less sex on a warmer planet

Climate change has been blamed for many things over the years. Never, until now, has anyone thought it was possible to see it as a kind of contraceptive. Hot weather leads to diminished “coital frequency,” according to a new working

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Thyroid cancer in children increases 30-fold in Fukushima

A study examining children who were 18 years and younger at the onset of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe found an increase in thyroid cancers, as predicted by World Health Organization (Who) initial dose assessments. Lead researcher Toshihide Tsuda, an epidemiologist

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Fracking chemicals can cause endocrine disruption and illness, says study

There is mounting data to suggest that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can have adverse affects on the environment. A new study, however, suggests that populations living close to fracking sites also have a higher incidence of health complications. Researchers at the

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