Examining the Human Health Impacts of Global Warming, Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, October 23, 2007 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the October 23, 2007 hearing on "Examining the Human Health Impacts of Global Warming," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. From the opening statement of Barbara Boxer: "We all know the threat of global warming. There may be differences on what is causing it, but today we are going to deal with those threats. The World Health Organization [WHO] has estimated that human-induced changes in the earth's climate lead to at least three million cases of illness and more than 150,000 deaths a year. […] Global warming can affect public health in many ways. Increased temperatures due to global warming can cause more frequent and more severe heat waves, which can cause illness and even death. For example, the European heat wave of 2003 caused countless numbers of illnesses and claimed 35,000 lives. Leading scientists are telling us that if we have more extreme weather events like this, and as the planet warms, it is very likely to affect our health. I think Dr. Gerberding's written testimony certainly underscores that. The WHO predicts that in my home State of California, heat-related deaths could more than double by 2100. As I mentioned, California, I just want everyone to think as positively as they can for the people affected by these raging fires and for the emergency workers and particularly firefighters who are putting their lives on the line." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Barbara Boxer, James M. Inhofe, John Barrasso, Christopher S. Bond, Larry E. Craig, Benjamin L. Cardin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Julie Louise Gerberding, Michael McCally, Susan R. Cooper, Donald R. Roberts, Georges C. Benjamin, Patrick M. Libbey, and David L. Heymann.
S. Hrg. 110-1212; Senate Hearing 110-1212
Government Printing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/