Climate Change and Human Health: What Can We Do?
There are many things we can do to protect people’s health from the impacts of climate change:
- Understand. Developing equitable approaches to climate change requires understanding the risks to people’s health, including those most at risk. Researchers are studying health trends along with social inequalities to help protect people’s health.
- Monitor and inform. EPA and other partners provide air quality data through AirNow. Many state and local agencies monitor water quality and issue advisories to reduce the risk of exposure and illness if water becomes contaminated. The same is true for extreme heat.
- Respond. More and more communities are taking steps to reduce climate impacts on people’s health, such as planting more landscaping, setting up cooling centers, and constructing green buildings.
- Get involved. Individuals can also take many actions to reduce the impacts of climate change.