Global & Disaster Medicine

NEJM: Climate Change — A Health Emergency


Climate Change — A Health Emergency

Caren G. Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., and Regina C. LaRocque, M.D., M.P.H.

January 17, 2019
N Engl J Med 2019; 380:209-211
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1817067

“…..Camp Wildfire spread rapidly in California in early November 2018….[T]he chaos began. Within the next 24 hours, with fires raging, 12 new burn patients were rushed to his facility (which usually admits 1 or 2 patients in a given day). The most severely injured man had burns over nearly half his body, with exposed bone and tendon; a month later, he and two other patients remained hospitalized, facing repeated surgeries. And these were the patients fortunate enough to have made it to the hospital. At least 85 people died and nearly 14,000 homes were lost in what is the largest California wildfire on record….”


Graph of global mean temperature from 1880 to 2009.

Graph of average global sea level since 1880.

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