The country is in a climate crisis. California is experiencing its second-largest fire, on the heels of its most severe wildfire season in modern history. The other side of the country endured two “once-in-a-lifetime” hurricanes within a matter of weeks, following a season with the most named storms on record. On any coast, one group hardest hit by climate-change disasters is pregnant people and their newborns.
That why the issue of climate change can’t be left to just climate scientists — every disaster has consequences that reverberate through the health care system, often acutely and disproportionately affecting people of color, particularly those who are pregnant, and the poor. This week, flood disaster coordinator Emily Mediate and OB-GYN physician Neel Shah discuss how climate change will wreak its worst havoc on the most vulnerable populations in the U.S.