M A I N E R E P O R T
HEALTH CRISIS OF
HEALTH CRISIS OF
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Robert K. Musil, PhD, Executive Director
Sharon Newsome, Director, Environment and Health Program
Karen Hopfl-Harris, JD, Associate Director
Joshua Speiser, MS, Grassroots Organizer
Maine Advisory Board
Elizabeth DeSombre, PhD, Colby College Professor of Government and Environmental Studies
Lani Graham, MD, MPH
Bruce Kenney, MD, Family Practitioner
Dan Meyer, PhD, Associate Professor Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency
Syd Sewall, MD, Pediatrician
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This report was prepared by Physicians for Social Responsibility
to alert Maine residents to the damaging health effects of climate
change and to encourage them to reverse global warming’s
deadly course by reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
The Emerging Health Crisis of Climate Change in Maine
How Global Warming Could Threaten
Health in Maine
Numerous health hazards may increase as a result of global
warming. According to physicians who have studied global
warming and its effects, the most severe health risks in Maine
• More “extreme weather events,” such as ice storms, hurricanes
and flooding, leading to more drownings, electrocutions and
other accidental deaths.
• More respiratory and cardiovascular disease, especially for
those with asthma, due to increased air pollution.
• More waterborne disease, such as intestinal distress from
drinking contaminated water or consuming toxins present in
fish and shellfish.
• More outbreaks of infectious disease spread by insects.
• More deaths and injuries, such as drownings caused by storm
surges, related to sea level rise and coastal erosion.
• More incide