Opinion: Doctor’s orders – Climate change is bad for your health. N.J. needs strong emissions cap.

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STEVEN MARCUS / NJ.COM – Gov. Phil Murphy has taken some important steps to set a new direction for New Jersey’s environment and energy policy. Now, the state’s public health community is watching closely to see how strong Murphy makes the state’s emissions cap.

The consensus among scientists and scientific organizations is that climate change is a real, it’s here now, and greenhouse gas emissions are a primary cause. The impacts of climate change manifest in various ways. It’s not just infrastructure and coastal real estate at risk — it’s our health.

Steven Marcus, M.D., is a professor emeritus in the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Medical School.

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