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Climate Change Is Literally Sickening, Doctors Say

A consortium of 400,000 physicians issued a report on how higher temperatures, air pollution, and extreme weather are harming people’s health.

As temperatures rise, so will rates of illness and disease in the United States. So say the 400,000 physicians who make up the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health.

On Wednesday, the newly formed consortium issued Climate Change Is Harming Our Health, a report compiled after surveying patients. The doctors felt "a need to share our growing understanding and concern about the health consequences of climate change with all Americans," said the report, which focused on how several causes and results of climate change like higher temperatures, air pollution, and extreme weather are harming people's health.

"Even our 'best-case scenario' means we're going to be seeing more with demanding health problems," one doctor said in the report. "But the worst-case scenarios of climate change really worry me. It would mean a level of human suffering we can barely contemplate, much less respond to."

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