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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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Clean power plan

August 5, 2015

As a lung specialist, I have concerns with the effects of climate change and the increased frequency of respiratory illnesses such as asthma and COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in Missouri. A 2012 study found 1 in 10 Missourians suffers from asthma, with a higher prevalence in woman, children and those with lower incomes.

The global consequences of climate change seem overwhelming, as reported in The Lancet. What I can do is support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, a common-sense proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

The effect of carbon pollution is no longer a future concept. It is affecting our society with major and increasingly prevalent respiratory illnesses for all ages. 

Some say the plan is too expensive and would have a negative effect on society. They are ignoring the financial effects of health-care costs, decreased productivity and the inability to educate a population suffering from illnesses that are no fault of their own. 

We need to support the promotion of a healthy population and not filling the financial pockets of the few.

Everett Murphy, M.D.

Kansas City

Source: Kansas City Star

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