Climate Change and Public Health in Utah
This report provides an overview and description of the influence of environmental factors on climate change and public health in Utah, along with information about what can be done personally to protect health and reduce the risks of climate change. This report was developed by Utah's Environmental Epidemiology Program within the Division of Disease Control and Prevention with collaboration from other state agencies.
The report discusses in detail how climate change is affecting meteorological, environmental, and public health indicators and why these indicators are important markers for Utah. The meteorological indicators described include Utah’s climate divisions, temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather events - specifically droughts, floods, and wildfires. The focal environmental indicators are ozone, particulate matter, and surface water. Respiratory disease, heat-related disease, food-borne Illness, vector-borne disease are the health indicators described.
Every indicator summary is followed by "How Prepared is Utah?" in relation to the climate impact, detailing related specific public policy, adaptive actions and community level responses.
Publication Date: 2012
- Air temperature
- Extreme storms and hurricanes
- Precipitation changes
- Water quality
- Water supply