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Climate Impacts on Human Health

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. [1] [2] Excessive heat is more likely to impact populations in northern latitudes where people are less prepared to cope with excessive temperatures. 1. Related:  Climate change/chaosClimate changeResearch Project: GCC & Healthcare

Thomas P. Wagner Thomas P. Wagner Follow Tom Wagner on Twitter Thomas P. Wagner is the NASA Program Scientist for the cryosphere. He directs NASA activities for study of the earth’s polar regions, glaciers, sea ice, and related aspects of climate change and sea level rise. Before joining NASA in early 2009, Tom was Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences at the US National Science Foundation. Tom holds a bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After finishing his PhD, Tom spent six years teaching at the University of Papua New Guinea, where he was also involved in university administration and foreign aid projects. Learn more about volcanic ash from Tom Wagner:

Fifth Assessment Report - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Click to on the link to download the chapter, graphics, authors etc. Front Matter Part A - 5.3 MBFront Matter Part B - 0.14 MBSummary for Policymakers - 6.4MB Technical Summary 12.7MB Cross-chapter box compendium 10.5MB Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects Context for the AR5 Point of departure - 3.4MB Foundations for decisionmaking - 1.0MB Natural and Managed Resources and Systems, and Their Uses Freshwater resources - 5.4MB Terrestrial and inland water systems - 10.2MB Coastal systems and low-lying areas - 2.5MB Ocean systems - 12.0MB Food security and food production systems - 2.2MB Human Settlements, Industry, and Infrastructure Urban Areas - 4.8MB Rural Areas - 2.0MB Key economic sectors and services - 1.2MB Human Health, Well-Being, and Security Human health: impacts, adaptation, and co-benefits - 3.7MB Human security - 1.3MB Livelihoods and poverty - 2.3MB Adaptation Multi-Sector Impacts, Risks, Vulnerabilities, and Opportunities Part B: Regional Aspects Regional context - 7.5MB Annexes Chapters

Scientists in Revolt against Global Warming Global warming became a cause to save life on earth before it had a chance to become good science. The belief that fossil fuel use is an emergency destroying our planet by CO2 emissions took over the media and political arena by storm. The issue was politicized so quickly that the normal scientific process was stunted. We have never had a full, honest national debate on either the science or government policy issues. Everyone "knows" that global warming is true. What is never discussed is this: the theory of global warming has catastrophic implications for our economy and national security. President Obama has spoken out passionately on the danger of developing oil and gas because of man-made global warming. Obama calls for the debate to end. Happily, our president is wrong. More and more scientists are revolting against the global warming consensus enforced by government funding, the academic establishment, and media misrepresentation. It takes a lot of courage. In America, Dr. Dr.

Globalization, Climate Change, and Human Health The global scale, interconnectedness, and economic intensity of contemporary human activity are historically unprecedented,1 as are many of the consequent environmental and social changes. These global changes fundamentally influence patterns of human health, international health care, and public health activities.2 They constitute a syndrome, not a set of separate changes, that reflects the interrelated pressures, stresses, and tensions arising from an overly large world population, the pervasive and increasingly systemic environmental impact of many economic activities, urbanization, the spread of consumerism, and the widening gap between rich and poor both within and between countries. In recent decades, international connectivity has increased on many fronts, including the flow of information, movements of people, trading patterns, the flow of capital, regulatory systems, and cultural diffusion. Effects of Globalization on Population Health Demographic Changes Global Climate Change

Climate Change and Public Health - Climate Effects on Health Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content Climate and HealthClimate Effects on Health Climate Effects on Health Recommend on Facebook Tweet The information on health effects has been excerpted from the Third National Climate Assessment’s Health Chapter. Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, influences human health and disease in numerous ways. In the U.S., public health can be affected by disruptions of physical, biological, and ecological systems, including disturbances originating here and elsewhere. File Formats Help: How do I view different file formats (PDF, DOC, PPT, MPEG) on this site? Top

Obama unveils major climate change proposal - CNNPolitics.com "Today after working with states and cities and power companies, the EPA is setting the first ever nationwide standards to end the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from power plants," Obama said Monday from the White House, adding shortly thereafter "Washington is starting to catch up with the vision of the rest of the country. " The "Clean Power Plan" is the final version of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, which President Barack Obama called "the biggest most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," in a video released by the White House on social media Saturday night. "We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it," Obama said on Monday. Busted: 3 myths about Obama's climate plan (Opinion) Under the plan, the administration will require states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards, based on their individual energy consumption. Former Florida Gov.

Australians fear Coalition is not taking climate change seriously, poll shows | Environment Australians are deeply worried the Abbott government is underestimating the importance of climate change, new polling shows, as cabinet debates crucial long-term targets for greenhouse gas reductions. The annual polling by the Climate Institute thinktank reveals Australians overwhelmingly support wind and solar energy – as the Coalition seeks to limit support for both – and see it as inevitable that coal-fired power stations will have to be phased out and replaced. But at the same time, almost half those surveyed (47%) think Labor’s carbon policies will “just increase electricity prices and not do much about pollution”. Federal cabinet will on Monday decide on the post-2020 emissions reduction target Australia will take to the UN Paris talks in December and the decision will then be presented to the Coalition party room. Labor has not promised bipartisan support to a “lowball” target but has also not yet outlined a costed policy to reach a long-term climate goal.

A Harsh Climate for Trade: How Climate Change Proposals Threaten Global Commerce The upcoming Copenhagen conference on climate change has led to calls for the United States to adopt a climate change abatement program in advance. In an effort to minimize adverse effects on certain domestic industries from higher energy costs, however, proponents of a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions have loaded up their proposal with giveaways, loopholes, and barriers to imports from nations with less stringent emission caps. These trade measures are likely to be ineffective at best and harmful to U.S. interests at worst. First, the key targets of the proposed import barriers, India and China, are relatively minor sources of imports of energy-intensive goods. To the extent that global warming is a real problem warranting action, it needs to be addressed globally rather than through unilateral efforts.

Human Health Wide-ranging Health Impacts Air Pollution Climate change is projected to harm human health by increasing ground-level ozone and/or particulate matter air pollution in some locations. Ground-level ozone (a key component of smog) is associated with many health problems, such as diminished lung function, increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits for asthma, and increases in premature deaths.,,, Figure 9.1: Climate Change Projected to Worsen Asthma Factors that affect ozone formation include heat, concentrations of precursor chemicals, and methane emissions, while particulate matter concentrations are affected by wildfire emissions and air stagnation episodes, among other factors., By increasing these different factors, climate change is projected to lead to increased concentration of ozone and particulate matter in some regions Increases in global temperatures could cause associated increases in premature deaths related to worsened ozone and particle pollution. Allergens Wildfires

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