Climate Impacts on Human Health
Climate Impacts on Human Health Climate Impacts on Alaska Key Points A warmer climate is expected to both increase the risk of heat-related illnesses and death and worsen conditions for air quality. Climate change will likely increase the frequency and strength of extreme events (such as floods, droughts, and storms) that threaten human safety and health. Sun setting over a city on a hot day. Weather and climate play a significant role in people's health. The impacts of climate change on health will depend on many factors. Although the United States has well-developed public health systems (compared with those of many developing countries), climate change will still likely affect many Americans. Top of page Impacts from Heat Waves Heat waves can lead to heat stroke and dehydration, and are the most common cause of weather-related deaths.   Excessive heat is more likely to impact populations in northern latitudes where people are less prepared to cope with excessive temperatures. 1.
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• Climate change