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6 Ways Climate Change Threatens Health

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Tara Failey

on 5 February 2013

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Transcript of 6 Ways Climate Change Threatens Health

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Six Ways A Changing Climate May Threaten Your Health Climate Change & Your Health 1.)Air pollution from climate change --
exacerbates respiratory conditions *Rising temperatures worsens smog
*Burning coal and oil emits particle pollution
*Plants produce more allergenic pollen as a
result of increased CO2

Health impacts: Respiratory health
effects, especially ASTHMA & ALLERGIES,
increase 2.)Extreme heat –
Puts stress on health care system * Climate change brings longer, more intense heat waves

* Heat waves often send thousands to emergency rooms
* Costs health care system millions 3.)Infectious diseases increase
with warmer weather *Hotter summers can make disease-carrying insects more active.

Health impact: Vector-borne illnesses like dengue, West Nile, and Lyme can spread into new areas. 4.)Drought threatens health *Changing rainfall patterns reduce water supply quantity and quality

Impact: Can diminish food security and threaten water supplies 5.)Flooding – causes water contamination,
leading to illness * Climate change intensifies rainfall

Health impact: Heavy rains increase risk of drinking water contamination and illness 6.)Extreme weather *Climate change is contributing to more intense and frequent extreme weather events

* Record-breaking extreme weather events threaten critical infrastructure and worsen immediate and chronic health effects
*Saltwater can enter freshwater drinking supplies as a result of extreme weather, which can threaten water quality and agricultural production … And What We Can Do about It (Source: WHO, 2012 -http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/) (Source: NIEHS, 2010 - http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/assets/docs_a_e/climatereport2010.pdf ) From Go Green Get Healthy (Source: EPA, 2012 - http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/health.html ) (Source: EPA, 2012 - http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/water.html ) (Source: WHO, 2012, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/ )
(Source: CDC, 2010 - http://www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth/effects/default.htm ) What can public health professionals do about climate change? •Monitor emerging health risks

•Plan urban adaptation strategies, such as planting trees to minimize heat buildup in cities and manage storm water, or promote the use of cool roofs to reduce energy needs and improve air quality

•Prepare emergency response plans, which include providing cooling centers for extreme heat events

•Improve public communication during specific
health risks such as extreme heat events or low
air quality days (Source: EPA, 2012 - http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/health.html#adapt ) Climate Change
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