A climate of suffering: climate change brings health problems for asthma sufferers

Child with asthma inhaler

People are suffering now, in Rhode Island as across the nation, according to Gregory Wellenius, director of the Brown University Center for Environmental Health and Technology, associate professor of epidemiology at Brown's School of Public Health, and a contributing author to the landmark Fourth National Climate Assessment, which warns that “human health and safety … in communities across the U.S. are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.”

“For too long,” Wellenius said, “we framed this as a problem either far away in time or far away in space, like this is about polar bears or penguins or small Pacific Islands. It is those things, but it's much more important because it’s also your kids, your families, your communities,” here in the state, as elsewhere.

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