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Human Health and Climate Change Research

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Climate change is having direct and indirect impacts on the health of people. More extreme weather events, heat waves, spread of infectious diseases and detrimental impacts on air and water quality are having impacts on our health.

Research is underway to assess those most susceptible to the health impacts related to a changing climate and identify ways to reduce those impacts.

Researchers are working to:

  • Identify and characterize communities and people at greatest risk to the impacts of climate change and air pollution.
  • Assess the individual and synergistic impacts of climate change and air quality on human health.
  • Develop approaches to assess the likelihood and effects of extreme events, including wildfires, floods, and heat waves, on human health.
  • Identify potential societal and behavioral responses to human health risks from climate change.

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