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.
Resources for Reporters:
- Dr. Howard Frumkin’s Climate Change and Health Powerpoint Presentation
- Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- The 1.5 Health Report: Synthesis on Health & Climate Science in the IPCC SR1.5
- Health & Climate Change. COP24 Special Report
- Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment
- The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in The United States: A Scientific Assessment
- Climate Communication / SciLine Quick Facts
- Wildfires and Climate Change
- Heat Waves and Climate Change
- Boston University School of Public Health, Program on Climate & Health
- Columbia University Climate and Health Program (CHP)
- Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE)
- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health
- Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Climate Change and Health Group
- UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions
- University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)
- Yale Center on Climate and Health
- Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health
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