The Climate Crisis Has Cost The USA Enormous Health Costs

- Sep 28, 2019-

The impact of the climate crisis on the world is obvious to all. From month to month, we break the temperature record and record the natural disasters caused by climate warming. However, the health impact of the climate crisis has not been quantified, so a group of researchers decided to estimate the health-related costs of 10 climate-sensitive events in the United States in 2012. According to reports, the team estimated that these incidents resulted in 917 deaths, 20,568 hospitalizations, and 17,857 emergency visits, which could result in property damage equivalent to $10 billion in 2018.


The 10 events included Hurricane Sandy, wildfires in Washington and Colorado, ozone air pollution in Nevada, extreme heat in Wisconsin, extreme weather in Ohio, sensitized oak pollen in North Carolina, and harmful algae along the coast of Florida Breeding, and mosquitoes ravaged by Texas.


Science tells us that exposure to extreme heat, ozone air pollution, wildfires and strong hurricanes can exacerbate health risks. Dr. Vijay Limayer, a lead author of the study and a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council Science Center, said in a statement. “Climate change is a major public health emergency. But its destructiveness to American health has not been seen in climate policy discussions. Our research shows that in 2012, American people were associated with extreme weather-related health. The cost has increased by 26%. The constant suffering and high cost of people's suffering is another reason why we must now take decisive action to curb climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas pollution and expanding the use of clean energy are creating safer and healthier. The recipe for the future."


The health costs of a climate crisis include more than just the annual extreme weather costs. It is important to remember that this study was based on data from 2012. Since then, the global situation has changed and has not become better. The hottest five years in the world have been recorded in the past five years. As the crisis deepens, the price we have to pay will become higher and higher.


Dr. Kim Norton, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and co-author of the research report, said: "Our research shows that recent climate-related issues across the country may have cost tens of billions to hundreds of billions of dollars in medical costs. Obviously, if we do not solve the climate change problem as soon as possible, we will pay a huge price and even irreversible damage to our health."


The report estimates that more than two-thirds of the cost of illnesses caused by these incidents are covered by federal health insurance and federal Medicaid. This again shows that vulnerable older people and those from poor backgrounds will be the ones most affected by the climate crisis.