15: Human Health

 

Human Health explores what is known about climate-related public health threats, including those associated with extreme heat, air quality (including dust and fire-related particulates), and changes to disease vectors (such as mosquito populations); looks at the factors that interact with and complicate disease transmission and risk; and reviews public health and adaptation planning.

Citation: 

Brown, H. E., A. C. Comrie, D. M. Drechsler, C. M. Barker, R. Basu, T. Brown, A. Gershunov, A. M. Kilpatrick, W. K. Reisen, and D. M. Ruddell. 2013. “Human Health.” In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 312–339. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Climate change will increase heat-related morbidity and mortality and will affect respiratory health from increased wildfire particulate matter.
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