Climate change ‘is public health issue ‘

The risk of climate-related diseases borne by insects and water supplies means global warming should be treated as a public health issue, Reuters reported US health experts as saying on Tuesday.

A meeting of the American Public Health Association said the US and other rich nations should bear responsibility "because their climate-warming emissions will have a disproportionate impact on poor countries that emit the least and have the fewest resources," the report said.

Health hazards related to climate change include severe heat waves and droughts, which can affect the food and water supply; more severe storms; and more ground-level ozone, also known as smog, the report said.

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