American citizens are getting more asthma, more bronchitis, and more allergies as a result of climate change, said a White House report issued Friday. The report comes on the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed tough new regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030.
According to the report, asthma cases have more than doubled in the past thirty years, coinciding with the decrease in air quality. Warmer weather has increased allergies and extreme heat exposure has caused more than 7,800 deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2009. In addition, extreme weather events in the form of heavy rainfall, droughts, and heat waves are becoming more common and lasting longer.