Climate Change Public Health Resources Roundup

With an unofficial world record for high temperatures set — and written about – several days this week, it is imperative that we ensure that our local and global communities and all the people who make our communities what they are have the knowledge and resources to plan, respond and recover from the effects of our climate change.

We have put together a number of useful resources that explore the links between climate change and health and reveal ways for people to prepare, adapt and stay healthy.

The Department of Health of our state (DOH) provides a wealth of information on its website on the many areas and ways in which climate change can affect people’s health and well—being-including agriculture, air quality, drinking water, extreme heat,ing, etc. Detailed information on each area can take you on a learning journey and there is also information on how to act.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CLIMATE IMPACTS GROUP

In addition to providing a wealth of scientific research and articles on climate change and its impacts, UW’s Climate Impacts Group provides technical resources as well as a searchable database of projects that can help inform communities in their efforts to address the impacts of climate change.

U.S. CENTERS FOR CONTROL AND PREVENTION CLIMATE AND HEALTH PAGE

The CDC supports agencies that support communities across the country and has a wealth of information and resources for health officials and community leaders. However, some resources are also informative for individuals. Specifically, they have a handy infographic to download that describes the effects of climate change on human health, as well as interactive heat and health monitoring.

AIRNOW – AIR QUALITY DATA AND MAPS

With information covering much of the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico, this official U.S. government website provides important information about local air quality using the air quality index (AQI). With this information, people can make more informed decisions about their health, their activities and their potential exposure to unhealthy air.

AirNow also offers the fire and smoke map, which displays data from individual air quality monitors, as well as fires detected by satellites or monitored by the US National Interagency Fire Center. This map can provide hyperlocal information on the relationship between forest fires and air quality.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *