Internists Applaud Passage of Climate Action Now Act, Recognizing Climate Change as Public Health Threat

Statement attributable to:
Robert McLean, MD, FACP
President, American College of Physicians

Washington, DC (May 2, 2019) —American College of Physicians (ACP) is encouraged by the passage of the Climate Action Now Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, which directs the U.S. to uphold its commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. ACP is deeply concerned about the negative impact that climate change is having on public health and patients, and that these effects will worsen without immediate action.

Physicians witness all too frequently the harmful health effects that climate change has on patients, including higher rates of respiratory and heat-related illness, increased prevalence of vector-borne and waterborne diseases, food and water insecurity, and malnutrition. This is outlined in ACP’s 2016 position paper, “Climate Change and Health,” published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

ACP looks forward to continuing to work and serve as a resource for policymakers in helping to communicate the harmful impacts of climate change on public health, and we applaud Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) for her leadership and efforts in advancing this important legislation.


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