Experts Warn of Health Threats From Climate Change

Additional 250,000 deaths/year projected from heat stress, malnutrition, infectious diseases

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FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More heat waves, food shortages, and the rapid spread of some infectious diseases may occur in the future due to climate change, experts warned at the Climate & Health Meeting, held on Feb. 16 in Atlanta.

The meeting was organized to replace a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention climate change conference that was canceled in January, ahead of President Donald Trump's inauguration, CNN reported.

Climate change will lead to an increase in life-threatening health issues, experts said at the meeting. For example, the World Health Organizations says climate change is projected to cause an additional 250,000 deaths a year from heat stress, malnutrition, and the spread of infectious diseases like malaria, according to CNN.

Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree that climate change is real and largely the result of human-made pollution, CNN reported.

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