A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change

This report identifies major research needs to better address the human health impacts of climate change.  Prepared by the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and with contribution by numerous federal agencies, the goal is to better inform federal agencies with a human health or related research mission in their research priorities.

This report is organized around 11 broad human health categories likely to be affected by climate change: 1) asthma, allergies, and airway diseases; 2) cancer; 3) cardiovascular disease and stroke; 4) alterations in normal development; 5) heat-related morbidity and mortality; 6) mental health and stress disorders; 7) neurological diseases and disorders; 8) nutrition and food-borne illness; 9) vector-borne and zoonotic disease; 10) waterborne disease; and 11) weather-related morbidity and mortality. Each category is broken into sections that introduce the topic, explain its relationship to climate change, identify the category's basic and applied research needs, and present crosscutting issues where relevant.



Publication Date: April 22, 2010

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Christopher J. Portier
  • Kimberly Thigpen Tart

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  • Assessment
  • Policy analysis/recommendations


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