USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Human Health

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S." The 'Human Health' chapter focuses on the unique challenges climate change creates for the public health sector. The key findings presented include: increased incidents of heat related illness and death, decreased air quality, mental health problems associated with the increase in extreme weather events, increases in diseases transmitted by food, water and insects, an increase in pollen production that will lead to health concerns for those with pollen related allergies, and increased environmental justice challenges.  A few examples of adaptive measures taken by the public health industry against these risks are described including Philadelphia's implementation of a system for reducing the risk of death during heat waves and Rhode Island's Air Quality alert program. 

Publication Date: 2009

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Thomas R. Karl
  • Jerry M. Melillo
  • Thomas C. Peterson

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