Aim for healthy air and climate

05/07/2014 8:05 PM

05/08/2014 6:51 PM

Re "Report says climate is here" (Page A1, May 7): As a physician and mother, I am alarmed by the National Climate Assessment report on climate change impacts to our air and our health. This report follows the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report last week that found Sacramento and other California communities top the list of America's most polluted cities.

I treat patients every day with conditions affected by our environment like respiratory illnesses, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases. Seniors, kids and lower-income patients also have increased vulnerabilities to air pollution and other environmental threats. Climate change is affecting California's residents, air and environment now.

Fortunately, California is leading on clean fuels, clean cars and smart growth policies to cut all harmful pollutants from our air. However, we clearly need to do more to clean up our air so my patients and our children can breathe easier throughout their lives.

-- Laura Applebaum, M.D., Davis

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