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Fight Carbon Pollution

The Problem:

familiar-refrain-jobs-threat-epa-attack173Scientists warn that the buildup of greenhouse gases and the climate changes caused by it are creating conditions, including warmer temperatures, which will increase the risk of unhealthy ground-level ozone levels.

Climate change is a serious threat to human health. The World Health Organization estimates that human-induced changes in the climate already cause five million cases of illness and more than 150,000 deaths annually.

Power plants are the largest stationary source of greenhouse gases in the United States. Mothers & Others for Clean Air strongly supports the Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from power plants. The Clean Power Plan is projected to have significant public health benefits.

The U.S. Climate and Health Assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future. The report illustrates that climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people by focusing on these health impacts: temperature-related death and illness, air quality impacts, extreme weather events, vector-borne diseases, water-related illness, food safety and distribution, and mental health.

Read why the American Academy of Pediatrics supports steps to control greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change and its predictions on the numerous health effects to children.

What You Can Do: