Kids Not Polar Bears
Health officials from the CDC say the poster child for global warming shouldn't be a polar bear, but a child. NPR reports that emerging science reveals that warnings about climate change are received more positively when climate change is portrayed as a health issue instead of an environmental problem. Health risks from climate change include killer heat waves, as well as increased smog caused by hot air. Infectious diseases could also have increased ranges as the climate changes, and there may be more powerful, deadly storms. The CDC hopes that talking about climate change in the context of health risks will be more productive. While the environmental message of climate change doesn't resonate with some people, the idea of helping protect families and communities can have a wider appeal.