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Climate Change: White House to Spotlight Risks to Human Health

President Barack Obama will talk about it in an interview with Dr. Natalie Azar, an NBC News medical contributor.
Image: President Barack Obama delivers remarks on solar power and alternative energy
President Barack Obama speaks on solar power and alternative energy in Utah last week.GEORGE FREY / EPA
/ Source: NBC News

Climate change isn’t just a danger to the planet. It’s hazardous to your health.

That’s the message the White House will present Tuesday as it releases a report on the warming planet — and announces steps that companies like Google and Microsoft are taking to mitigate its impact on human health, from air quality to the spread of disease.

President Barack Obama will discuss it in an interview with Dr. Natalie Azar, an NBC News medical contributor.

The White House report is expected to highlight the personal health dangers posed by climate change — including higher rates of asthma, allergies, injuries from extreme weather and problems with food and water supplies.

Microsoft will develop a prototype for drones that can collect mosquitoes and analyze their genes and pathogens to provide a warning system for infectious diseases that could spread more widely because of climate change.

Google will commit 10 million hours of advanced computing time, including using Google Earth to warn about wildfires and oil flares and using its Street View camera cars to measure methane emissions.

Obama will speak Tuesday afternoon at Howard University Medical School in Washington. He is to be joined by Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.


— Erin McClam with The Associated Press