Senate Dems concerned about health risks of climate change

Senate Democrats are raising concerns about the negative affect climate change could have on public health.

More than a dozen Senate Democrats released a report on Tuesday from the Government Accountability Office that reveals shortcomings by federal agencies in addressing problems caused by climate change.

The report was commissioned by Senate Democrats in the previous Congress and is just now being released.

Federal agencies need to do a better job of communicating the health risks caused by climate change, the senators say.

“We have a moral obligation to tackle the devastating impacts of climate change on families and communities nationwide, and protecting public health must be a key part of this effort,” Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Bipartisan senators reveal sweeping health care package Senate chairman says bipartisan health care package coming Thursday MORE (D-Wash.) said in a statement.

The Democrats also call for more research into the health effects of climate change.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 250,000 people will die each year between 2030 and 2050 as a result of climate change, the senators pointed out.