GLRPPR Sector Resource: The Health Impacts of Climate Change on Americans
The Health Impacts of Climate Change on Americans
Climate change, caused primarily by carbon pollution threatens the health and well-being of Americans in many ways, from increasing the risk of asthma attacks and other respiratory illnesses to changing the spread of certain vector- borne diseases. Some of these health impacts are already underway in the United States and climate change will, absent other changes, amplify some of the existing health threats the Nation now faces. Certain people and communities are especially vulnerable to the health effects of climate change, including children, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, the poor, and some communities of color. In the coming years, communities are expected to experience the following impacts in regions across the United States.
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