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.

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        • 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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed strengthening the ozone standard because the current one is based on outdated science and fails to adequately protect the health of millions, including children, people with asthma, and older adults.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

        • American Medical Student Association Principles on Climate Change

          April 13, 2015

          The American Medical Student Association holds that global warming is one of the major threats to public health and health equity in our time and that all sectors of society, especially the health professional community, must be engaged in solutions to the climate crisis. In AMSA’s statement of principles on the issue it urges action both to mitigate the root causes of climate change and to address its impacts on health and well-being, and urges medical students and all health professionals to take a leadership role on the issue.

          Type Statement/Policy

          Topic Social Vulnerablility and Hazards

          Region Global

        • Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Opportunities for Action

          March 1, 2015

          Climate change and health inequities are the greatest global health threats of the 21st century. In this report, PHI’s Center for Climate Change and Health explores the many ways in which climate change, health, and equity are connected.

          Type Report

          Topic Aging Cardiovascular disease Children and youth Drought Flooding Food and nutrition Heat Island Effect Heat Wave Infectious disease Injury Mental Health Obesity/diabetes Physical activity Respiratory health Sea Level Rise Social Vulnerablility and Hazards

          Region US