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Doctors' Groups Urge Climate Change Action

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Failure to tackle climate change could have "catastrophic" health consequences, the heads of 18 doctors' associations warned Wednesday in a joint appeal published in the British Medical Journal and The Lancet.

The doctors urged governments to take decisive action at a U.N. climate change conference scheduled to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in early December, Agence France Presse reported.

The letter said doctors must take a lead in speaking out about the urgency of taking action against climate change.

"There is a real danger that politicians will be indecisive, especially in such turbulent economic times as these," the letter stated, AFP reported. "Should their response be weak, the results for international health could be catastrophic.

The many health threats posed by climate change include malnutrition caused by drought, the spread of mosquito-borne diseases to temperate regions, and the risk of cholera caused by flooding, the scientists warned.

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EmpowHER Guest

If the findings of CBO over the cost of "Inaction" had been released at the beginning of conversation about health care, surely Ted Kennedy could've seen his lifetime wish come through, saving enormous time, energy and money nation-wide.

((Some of CBO analysis : While the costs of the financial bailouts and economic stimulus bills are staggering, they are only a fraction of the coming costs from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that each year Medicaid will expand by 7 percent, Medicare by 6 percent, and Social Security by 5 percent. These programs face a 75-year shortfall of $43 trillion--60 times greater than the gross cost of the $700 billion TARP financial bailout)).

And supposedly the same is of conversation over the highly-anticipated energy independence. Nowadays, the world-wide overpopulation growing consistently is using up tremendous fossil fuel at an alarming pace as the own conventional resources in some dense countries is facing drastic dent.

For that reason, it is widely accepted that the price of fossil fuel is expected to go up and up simply, which is behind major states taking a bold and speedy action in a bid to put the global economy on a solid ground.

As with well-structured public option, sustainable option is holding down the runaway price of fossil fuel down the line by joining force throughout the world as the world economy is tightly interconnected just like Internet.

In brief, it will be noteworthy that we are living in a time Ecology & Economy, and Public Health & Financial Health are inseparable.

September 19, 2009 - 11:08pm
EmpowHER Guest

This article addresses a very important point that is not being talked about in discussions over this bill - HEALTH. If this bill doesn't pass and pollution continues to be unregulated, we will all suffer the consequences (which we are already seeing in increased asthma and respiratory illnesses and worse). We need to be taking these kinds of factors into account when considering our stance on the bill rather than just considering the money of it. Regardless of what costs this bill might incur, the cost of inaction is going to be MUCH higher, especially as far as health bills and disaster relief are concerned. I encourage everyone to call their Senators TODAY and tell them to vote for this bill!

September 17, 2009 - 8:24pm
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