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Cough, cough—emissions such as these exacerbate asthma, just one of many respiratory and other ills attributable, either directly or indirectly, to climate change.

Video: Connecting Climate Change and Health


From extreme weather such as flooding, to the changing range of infectious-disease-carrying insects such as mosquitos, climate change is affecting health.

"We have to start connecting the dots between climate change and human health,” says Kim Knowlton, convening lead author of the Health chapter of the National Climate Assessment released by the administration of President Barack Obama earlier this year. "It's not just an inconvenience. It kills people."

The good news, she says, is that there are a lot of things we can do to reduce carbon emissions and other climate-change-inducing practices. Such measures would not only improve the bigger picture but also confer direct health benefits, a win-win situation that Knowlton says are called “co-benefits.”

On the video below, compiled by The Story Group, Knowlton states her case, and ours.

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