Future climate change may increase asthma attacks in children

August 30, 2011

Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers have found that climate change may lead to more asthma-related health problems in children, and more emergency room (ER) visits in the next decade.

The data, published in the current issue of the , found that changing levels of ozone could lead to a 7.3 percent increase in asthma-related emergency room visits by children, ages 0-17.

The research team, led by Perry Sheffield, MD, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, used regional and atmospheric chemistry models to reach its calculations. They linked regional climate and air quality information to New York State Department of Health records of pediatric, asthma-related in 14 counties that are part of the New York City metropolitan area. Then they simulated for June through August for five consecutive years in the 2020s, and compared them with 1990s levels. The researchers found a median increase of 7.3 percent in ozone-related asthma emergency department visits, with increases ranging from 5.2 percent to 10.2 percent per county.

"Our study shows that these assessment models are an effective way of evaluating the long-term impact of on a local level," said Dr. Sheffield. "This study is a jumping off point to evaluate other outcomes including cost utilization, doctors' visits, missed school days, and a general understanding of the overall burden of climate change on children with asthma."

Dr. Sheffield and her team plan to continue using these models to understand the specific impacts of climate change. The authors conclude that better measures to reduce that contributes to global climate change as well as pollution that forms ozone need to be implemented.

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1 / 5 (1) Aug 30, 2011
Putting aside that scientists who don't believe in climate change have a better track record predicting what is happening over those scientists that believe in climate change.

Is this study predicting something bad will happen because of climate change in the same category as the NASA scientists who predict a higher chance of Outerspace Aliens attacking Earth because of climate change?

I think we need to comples a bunch of lists. One a list of predictions that man made climate change scientists got right and wrong, a list of predictions that scientists who don't believe in man made climate change scientists got right and wrong, and finally a list of everything that man made climate change is blamed for.

BTW who made the most money on so call man made climate change?

not rated yet Aug 30, 2011
Well, here's a start on the list of everything AGW has been blamed for - and note that they accept submissions for possible new additions to the warmlist:


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