PORTLAND, Maine - The group Physicians for Social Responsibility has released an update to a 2010 report on the health consequences of climate change.
Board member of the Maine chapter, Dr. Lani Graham, says the rise in vector borne-diseases is particularly troubling. The number of reported Lyme disease cases in Maine has increased 1,800 percent in 14 years.
"It's not just going to be Lyme disease," Graham said at a Portland news conference. "There are other diseases and illnesses out there that are going to be present."
The release of the report comes on the same day that Pope Francis declared climate change a moral imperative. Graham says both individual and government action are needed to reduce climate change.