Researchers, organizations, institutions and advocates around the world have produced a panoply of resources addressing the impacts and opportunities at the intersection of climate change and health. In addition to sharing materials developed by the Center for Climate Change & Health and PHI programs, we collect and link to here the best resources we find addressing the issue.

New Resources

  • Health Professionals Letter on Ozone Standard

    March 17, 2015

    Breathing ozone causes shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and asthma attacks, and can even lead to premature death. It is also linked to numerous respiratory-related health concerns, from increased risk of infections to more frequent emergency department visits and hospitalizations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed strengthening the ozone standard because the current one is based on outdated science and fails to adequately protect the health of millions, including children, people with asthma, and older adults. It also misleads the American people and gives us a false sense of security about pollution in the air we breathe. Strengthening the ozone standard will go a long way toward reducing pollution and improving the health of our nation’s citizens. Health and medical organizations strongly support the most protective standard under consideration by EPA, 60 parts per billion.

    Type Statement/Policy

    Topic Respiratory health

    Region US

  • Health Professionals to US House of Representatives on Importance of Addressing Climate Change

    April 13, 2015

    Climate change is a serious public health issue. As temperatures rise, more Americans will be exposed to conditions that can result in illness and death due to respiratory illness, heat- and weather-related stress and disease carried by insects. These health issues are likely to have the greatest impact on our most vulnerable communities, including children, older adults, those with serious health conditions and the most economically disadvantaged.  This letter from health organizations and professionals urges the US President and House of Representatives to recognize the threat to public health posed by climate change and to support measures that will reduce these risks and strengthen the ability of local, state and federal public health agencies to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.

    Type Statement/Policy

    Topic Aging Cardiovascular disease Children and youth Drought Flooding Heat Wave Infectious disease Injury Respiratory health Social Vulnerablility and Hazards

    Region US