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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. Climate changes may allow some diseases to spread more easily. 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 View enlarged image The "urban heat island" refers to the fact that the local temperature in urban areas is a few degrees higher than the surrounding area. Climate Change Affects Human Health and Welfare

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20 Years of Effort and Achievement UNFCCC -- 20 Years of Effort and Achievement Key Milestones in the Evolution of International Climate Policy November 1988 IPCC Established 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. Additional information regarding the health effects of climate change and references to supporting literature can be found in the Health Chapter at

8 Interactive Graphics Answer Top Climate Change Questions This week marks the beginning of some of the most active and important months in the quest to limit catastrophic climate change. With Climate Week this week, heads of state, country climate negotiators, and average citizens will all begin the final push towards creating a new global climate agreement. It’s the perfect time to review what the latest climate data and science are telling us about the challenges the world faces. WRI’s CAIT Climate Data Explorer utilizes the best data available to help answer some of the most important climate policy questions through easy-to-understand graphics. 1) How have greenhouse gas emissions changed over time?

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. 154 Australian scientists demand climate policy that matches the science 154 Australian experts have signed on open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanding urgent action on climate change that matches the dire warnings coming from climate scientists. The letter, organised by Australian National University climatologist Andrew Glikson, calls on the federal government to make “meaningful reductions of Australia’s peak carbon emissions and coal exports, while there is still time”. Signatories include leading climate and environmental scientists such as the Climate Council’s Tim Flannery, Will Steffen, and Lesley Hughes, as well as reef scientists Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Charlie Veron. They point out that July 2016 was the hottest month ever recorded, and followed a nine-month streak of record-breaking months. Average carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015, and are rising at a rate of nearly 3 ppm each year.

Health Impacts of Climate Change Changes in the greenhouse gas concentrations and other drivers alter the global climate and bring about myriad human health consequences. Environmental consequences of climate change, such as extreme heat waves, rising sea-levels, changes in precipitation resulting in flooding and droughts, intense hurricanes, and degraded air quality, affect directly and indirectly the physical, social, and psychological health of humans. For instance, changes in precipitation are creating changes in the availability and quantity of water, as well as resulting in extreme weather events such as intense hurricanes and flooding.

Cigarettes, asbestos, now fossil fuels. How big business impacts public health The decisions reached at the recent Coag energy council meeting are reminiscent of a long series of failures to understand the impacts of powerful business on the health of the community. The failures extend historically from tobacco, to asbestos to the health scourges of coal, and now to the health and community impacts of the unconventional gas industry. It is too much to believe that governments fail to understand the implications. Scientists unearth ancient, giant virus from Siberia's frozen wasteland Updated Scientists say they will reanimate a 30,000-year-old giant virus unearthed in the frozen wastelands of Siberia, and have warned climate change in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions could awaken dangerous microscopic pathogens thought to be eradicated. Reporting this week in the flagship journal of the United States National Academy of Sciences, French researchers announced the discovery of Mollivirus sibericum, the fourth type of pre-historic virus found since 2003 — and the second by this team. Before waking it up, researchers will have to verify that the bug cannot cause animal or human disease.

Australia among the climate laggards as G20 action falls far short of goals The world's 20 largest economies need to increase their 2030 climate commitments six-fold to keep within the two-degree warming curb agreed at the Paris summit, and Australia is among the worst laggards, a new global report argues. The Brown to Green study of the decarbonisation plans of the G20 nations by the Climate Transparency group was released on Thursday ahead of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, eastern China, on September 4-5. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Climate warming began 180 years ago