The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

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April, 2016
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Health Disparities / Social Determinants of Health
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This report offers a scientific assessment of a growing public health threat, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Drawing from decades of advances in the physical science of climate change, the report strengthens understanding of the growing risks that a changing climate poses to human health and welfare, and highlights factors that make some individuals and communities particularly vulnerable.  The climate and health assessment is a product of USGCRP’s sustained National Climate Assessment process, and represents a coordinated effort by eight Federal agencies (with leadership from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and more than 100 experts from across the United States.

“This assessment not only provides the latest science on questions like how climate change affects our health and who is most vulnerable -  it starts to answer the key questions of how much of an impact climate change will have on different health problems and how many people will be affected,” said Dr. John Balbus, a Senior Advisor for Public Health at the National Institutes for Environmental Health Sciences." The report is accompanied by an interactive web presence that provides the ability to explore the data and information behind the report, powered by the Global Change Information System. 

United States Global Research Program