KYW In Depth: Expert says some states ‘woefully unprepared’ for health impact of climate change

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By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Some states are “woefully unprepared” for the health impacts of climate change, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University and the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health.

Dr. Megan Latshaw with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explained that they looked at vulnerability, public health preparedness and climate related adaptation.

The goal of the study is to give legislators information so they can better protect their residents' health and well-being.

Latshaw said funding is essential in the fight against climate change.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a plan that funds states to prepare for the health effects of climate change, but they can't fund every state now,” she said.

To find out how Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware ranked in the study, listen to the In Depth interview below: