Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Health and the Environment. Special Announcement on Climate Change

  1. Webinar on Climate and Health Resources
EPA will be hosting a webinar on January 11th, at 4:00pm Eastern to discuss the multiple climate and health related resources available on their website. These include communication kits and factsheets for populations of concern (described below), state-by-state information and factsheets, and new reports like the Extreme Heat Guidebook and Climate Change Indicators.
Please see the attached handout for the resources that will be covered. This handout will serve as a helpful guide while listening to the webinar as well.
January 11, 4pm Eastern
Conference Number(s): 1-866-299-3188
Participant Code: 202-343-9170

  1. Scientific Assessment on Climate Change and Human Health
In April, 2016, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment https://health2016.globalchange.gov/
This scientific assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future.

  1. Climate Change and Populations of Concern
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed eight communication kits that summarize key points from the U.S. Climate and Health Assessment that was released earlier this year by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Climate change affects the health of all Americans, but as with many threats to our health, certain populations are at greater risk. Older adults may be more vulnerable to the impact of climate change because of where they live and may be more sensitive to health threats and less able to adapt to a changing climate. EPA has developed fact sheets and related materials for anyone seeking to communicate the health impacts of climate change targeted to important audiences.

You may access these materials at: http://go.usa.gov/xkMJN  
For questions or assistance, please email climatehealth@epa.gov.

  1. Climate Change Fact Sheets for Populations of Concern
The following are fact sheets from three of the communication kits (described above). They contain helpful information for people to be prepared for climate change and to take steps to lower their risks.    
For more information, you may click each of the linked topics below:  

  1. Climate Change Impacts by State
As our climate changes, every state will become warmer. Aside from rising temperatures, the impacts of climate change are likely to be very different from state to state. Increased rainfall intensity will cause more flooding in some states, while increasingly severe droughts may threaten water supplies in other states. Farms and forests will be less productive in some states, but warmer temperatures may extend growing seasons in others. To learn more about the likely impacts of climate change where you live, click on your state or territory below. Click here to find specific information about climate change in your state  

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