On Sunday, September 21st, almost 400,000 world citizens filled the streets in New York City for the Peoples Climate March. Among the vocal participants demanding climate action was a sizeable cohort of physicians outfitted in their white coats and stethoscopes.
But why are doctors fighting for global climate policy?
Put simply, health is inextricably and fundamentally linked to climate change as stated in a powerful article published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The authors aggregated research from 56 scientific articles, made future projections and came up with some sobering conclusions. They connected the dots between particulate pollution and asthma, greenhouse gases and the development of heart disease.