BRIEFING: Climate Solutions are Health Solutions

Mar 22, 2021

Climate change is affecting human health now, increasing the severity and frequency of existing threats as well as creating new ones.


Howard Frumkin, a physician and epidemiologist, is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, and a member of UW’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. He was Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health (2010-16) and Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and much more. He has published ten books including the recent: Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves.

Dr. Frumkin spoke with Climate Communication’s Susan Joy Hassol (Tweets @ClimateComms) about the myriad public health threats that result from the observed increases in temperature, sea level, and weather extremes, as well as other aspects of climate change. Health risks are on the rise, including food- and water-borne diseases, allergies and other respiratory issues, diseases carried by insects and ticks, threats to our food supply, and stresses to mental health.

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