From climate scientist, Ed Hawkins
A WVU conference on climate change and public health
The Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Kate Mishkin reported on a free and open-to-the public conference held at West Virginia University this past Saturday. It was
a day-long event put on by the WVU School of Law’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, the West Virginia Center on Climate Change and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center.
On Sunday, Mishkin reported:
According to the experts who spoke in Morgantown Saturday, those extreme weather events can affect the health of people who experience the events themselves. There’s an immediate impact on public health — exposure to water from floods exposes us to pathogens, for example. Breathing in polluted air, by itself, can lead to an increase in asthma, autoimmune disorders and respiratory infections. Climate change is linked with infectious and vector-borne diseases. Those health issues can lead to an impact on mental health.
Her Monday article focused on
How climate change will affect W.Va.
And here’s her lede:
Flooding is the greatest threat that stems from climate change, says an expert who studies the field. And it poses a threat to water quality and availability in West Virginia.
Our local papers usually cover major WVU conferences by printing a WVU public relations release. We’ll see if they give any space to this one.