Global Warming and Cancer
07/25/2013 Leave a comment
Among the many harmful impacts of climate change on human health is an increased risk of cancer. Hotter temperatures make toxic chemicals more toxic. Warmer temperatures cause chemicals to vaporize into the air, increasing pollution. Heavier rains increase leakage from storage facilities and runoff of toxic pollutants into waterways.
Greenhouse gases that cause global warming slow the speed at which ozone holes can close, let in more UV radiation and thereby contribute to skin cancer.
Steps to reduce warming gases by using less fossil fuels, oil, coal and natural gas, also helps to decrease air and water pollution.
We should ask Congress to pass a carbon fee and dividend law to help us stay healthy.